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Margins of Faith
Dalit and Tribal Christianity in India

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August 2010 | 308 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

This volume documents the ethnographies of regionally distinct Dalit and tribal Christian communities, raising new arguments pertaining to the autonomy and distinct identity of these communities in adverse social set-ups.

Stressing upon the plurality of identities, the essays reject the idea of determining these exclusively on the basis of religion. They also chart the multiple levels of marginality experienced by both Dalit and tribal Christians and analyze how these groups negotiate their former religious faith and practices with Christianity.

The book is a response to the urgent need for such studies in social science writings brought to the fore by contemporary political challenges and struggles facing these communities in various parts of India.


Rowena Robinson and Joseph Marianus Kujur
Introduction
Tribal Church in the Margins: Oraons of central India

Joseph Marianus Kujur
Dalit Encounter with Christianity: Change and Continuity

S M Michael
Margins of Faith: Dalits and tribal Christians in Eastern India

Jose Kalapura
Varieties of Dalit Christianity in North India

John C B Webster
Christian Piety and the Emergence of Hindu Nationalism in Central India

Peggy Froerer
Legally Hindu: Dalit Lutheran Christians of Coastal Andhra Pradesh

Ashok Kumar M and Rowena Robinson
Contradiction and Change in the Mizo Church

Lakshmi B Kewalram
The Broken Mirror: John Masih's Journey from Isai to Dalit

Mathew N Schmalz
Christianization, Hinduization and Indigenous Revivalism among the Tribals of Gujarat

Lancy Lobo
The Catholic Church and Dalit Christian Activism in Contemporary Tamil Nadu

David Mosse
Identity, Conversion, and Violence: Dalits, Adivasis, and the 2007-08 Riots in Orissa

Chad M Bauman
 
Index

The book begins with the detailed and insightful introduction by Rowena Robinson and Joseph Marianus Kujur. In a very useful way, it puts the individual contributions in a proper perspective. It successfully points out to the generalities running through the articles. The chapters in the book are largely based on the original fieldwork and are sort of ethnographic accounts combining the perspectives of anthropology, history and political sociology…. this research study is a useful contribution to the field of social science writings… It is a much-needed significant response to the struggles and challenges presently facing the tribal and Dalit Christians in the country.

E-Social Sciences

This commendable endeavour by the scholars to perceive dalit theology that has emerged as the need of the hour, and stands by its distinctiveness and creativity is of a remarkably high order. This is a highly technical work extremely rewarding for all its readers.

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