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.

Contradiction and Change in the Mizo Church

Contradiction and Change in the Mizo Church

Contradiction and change in the Mizo church


Nowhere in the north-east has the spread of Christianity been as rapid as in Mizoram, to the extent, that in the span of a century, Mizo society underwent not merely significant changes, but emerged as a fundamentally transformed society. Further, Mizoram distinguishes itself from its other north-eastern cousins by its high literacy rates (second only to Kerala, the most literate state in India) and also in the church being closely intertwined with the State, which is not the case in the other north-eastern states.1

In this essay, my aim is to understand Christianity in Mizoram both in its historicity and contemporaneity, and in a comparative perspective. Mizoram has been selected for separate analysis ...

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