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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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Gold and Cholis: Indian Christian Sartorial Style

Gold and Cholis: Indian Christian Sartorial Style

(p.199) 6 Gold and Cholis: Indian Christian Sartorial Style
Converting Women

Eliza F. Kent (Contributor Webpage)

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The sartorial styles that Indian Christians adopted in the 19th and early 20th centuries reflected the new social identities that accompanied the conversion to Christianity. Sartorial style functioned an arena for displaying and contesting claims about the social and moral condition of individuals and communities. Men’s and women’s bodies served as vehicles for broadcasting new assertions of respectable community identity, an identity drawn from a pool of signifiers from both Western bourgeois and elite Indian culture.

Keywords:   sartorial style, Indian Christians, social identities, religious conversion

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