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.

Dalit Encounter with Christianity: Change and Continuity

Dalit Encounter with Christianity: Change and Continuity

Dalit encounter with Christianity: Change and continuity
S. M.Michael


Even after sixty years of independence, the situation of the ex-untouchables, today popularly known as Dalits, remains pathetic. Their representation in various government and private institutions is inadequate. Social and cultural discrimination against them continues. All the same, there is persistent daily struggle among them to leave behind a life tainted and broken by others and to seize the chance of a better future. A call for change and an assertion of self-respect appear to be emerging from among them, and it is important to trace this highly significant struggle. This chapter studies the situation of the Dalit Christians and their struggle for equality in different parts of India.

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