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Converting WomenGender and Protestant Christianity in Colonial South India$
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Eliza F. Kent

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165074

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195165071.001.0001

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Colonial Knowledge and the Creation of Respectable Castes

Colonial Knowledge and the Creation of Respectable Castes

(p.51) 2 Colonial Knowledge and the Creation of Respectable Castes
Converting Women

Eliza F. Kent (Contributor Webpage)

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Descriptions of the social lives and customs of low castes in the 19th century India come from two main sources: missionary accounts and administrative records. This chapter explores the categories and concepts generated by missionaries and colonial administrators from their studies on Indian culture, religion, physiognomy, economics, etc. It then examines how these were appropriated and deployed by Shanar converts in the creation of a new, respectable identity as Nadar Kshatriyas.

Keywords:   Indian culture, Shanar, religious converts, Nadar Kshatriyas, missionaries, colonial administrators, low caste, identity

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