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Margins of Faith: Dalit and Tribal Christianity in India

by Rowena Robinson and Joseph Marianus Kujur SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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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/struggles facing these communities in various parts of India.

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

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.

Joseph Marianus Kujur had his MA in Anthropology from Pune University. He has worked on the theme of religious conversion and tribal identity for his doctorate from the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. He was on the staff of Jnana- Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, for a few years teaching aTribal Thoughta and aAnthropologya to the students of Philosophy. He also taught aTribal Religionsa at the Regional Theological Centres in Ranchi and Patna. For the last five years he headed the Department of Tribal and Dalit Studies at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi. He has to his credit five co-edited books and more than thirty research papers in national and international journals and edited volumes. At present he is a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and is engaged in a comparative study of the identity formation of the two groups of indigenous peoples in the post-colonial periodaone in India and the other in Bolivia.