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To Be Cared For: The Power of Conversion and Foreignness of Belonging in an Indian Slum

Nathaniel Roberts

Abstract

To Be Cared For offers a unique window into the conceptual and moral world of slum-bound Dalits (“untouchables”), in the south Indian city of Chennai. It focuses on decisions by many women there to embrace locally specific forms of Pentecostal Christianity. Nathaniel Roberts challenges dominant anthropological understandings of religion as a matter of culture and identity, as well as Indian nationalist narratives of Christianity as a “foreign” ideology that disrupts local communities. Far from being a divisive force, he argues, these conversions serve to integrate the slum community as a whole ... More

Keywords: Dalit, caste, conversion, gender, anthropology of Christianity, anthropology of religion, anthropology of secularism, nationalism, anthropology of morality, Hinduism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520288812
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288812.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathaniel Roberts, author