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David Mosse

In: Margins of Faith: Dalit and Tribal Christianity in India

Chapter 11: The Catholic Church and Dalit Christian Activism in Contemporary Tamil Nadu1

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The Catholic Church and Dalit Christian Activism in Contemporary Tamil Nadu1
The Catholic church and Dalit Christian activism in contemporary Tamil Nadu
DavidMosse
Introduction

Today the Christian churches in Tamil Nadu publicly express a preference for Dalits, for Dalit perspectives, and Dalit theology. But Christian institutions have also long provided a context for the reproduction of caste inequality and discrimination. This chapter takes a look at the relationship between Christianity and caste society in the context of contemporary Dalit activism in Tamil Nadu. It examines some of the many strands of social critique and conservatism among Christian clergy, and the implications for Christian Dalits and wider Dalit politics in the state. My focus will be on Roman Catholics who comprise by far the largest and oldest group of ...

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