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Colonial Knowledge and the Creation of Respectable Castes

Eliza F. Kent

in Converting Women

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195165074
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835171 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195165071.003.0002
 Colonial Knowledge and the Creation of Respectable Castes

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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

Chapter.  14444 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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