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dc.contributor.authorStaples, J-
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-23T10:56:52Z-
dc.date.available2014-
dc.date.available2015-02-23T10:56:52Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationModern Asian Studies, 48(4): 1134 - 1159, (July 2014)en_US
dc.identifier.issn0026-749X-
dc.identifier.issn1469-8099-
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dc.description.abstractGandhian and Hindutva-inspired discourses around conversions to Christianity in India over-simplify the historical nexus of relations between missionaries, converts and the colonial state. Challenging the view that conversions were ever only about material gain, this paper draws on long-term ethnographic fieldwork with leprosy-affected people in South India to consider the role that conversion has also played in establishing alternative, often positively construed, identities for those who came to live in leprosy colonies from the mid twentieth century onwards. The paper draws out the distinctive values associated with a Christian identity in India, exploring local Christianities as sets of practices through which, for example, a positive sense of belonging might be established for those otherwise excluded, rather than being centred upon personal faith and theology per se. Biographical accounts are drawn upon to document and analyse some of the on-the-ground realities, and the different implications - depending on one's wider social positioning - of converting from Hinduism to Christianity in South India. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2014.en_US
dc.format.extent1134 - 1159-
dc.format.extent1134 - 1159-
dc.languageeng-
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_US
dc.subjectChristianityen_US
dc.subjectLeprosyen_US
dc.subjectSouth Indiaen_US
dc.subjectLong-term ethnographicen_US
dc.titlePutting Indian christianities into context: Biographies of christian conversion in a leprosy colonyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X12000595-
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