To Be Cared for: The Power of Conversion and Foreignness of Belonging in an Indian Slum (Paperback)
The Power of Conversion and Foreignness of Belonging in an Indian Slum
University of California Press, 9780520288829, 312pp.
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
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, conversionintegrates the slum community Christians and Hindus alike by addressing hidden moral fault lines that subtly pitresidentsagainst one another in a national context that renders Dalits outsiders in their own land.
About the Author
Nathaniel Roberts is Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany.