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

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Univ of California Press, Apr 26, 2016 - Social Science - 312 pages
To Be Cared For offers a unique view into the conceptual and moral world of slum-bound Dalits (“untouchables”) in the South Indian city of Chennai. Focusing on the decision by many women 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, conversion integrates the slum community—Christians and Hindus alike—by addressing hidden moral fault lines that subtly pit residents against one another in a national context that renders Dalits outsiders in their own land."

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Outsiders
13
2 Caste Care and the Human
47
3 Sharing Caring and Supernatural Attack
81
4 Religion Conversion and the National Frame
111
5 The Logic of Slum Religion
152
6 Pastoral Power and the Miracles of Christ
185
7 Salvation Knowledge and Suffering
217
Conclusion
244
Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Forcible Conversion of Religion Ordinance 2002
251
Notes
255
References
265
Index
279
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Nathaniel Roberts is Research Fellow at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen. 

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