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CONTEXTUALIZING COMPLEXITY, I: INDIA'S LANDS, PEOPLES, AND SOCIAL STRUCTURES

Robert Eric Frykenberg

in Christianity in India

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780198263777
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191714191 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263777.003.0002

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

CONTEXTUALIZING COMPLEXITY, I: INDIA'S LANDS, PEOPLES, AND SOCIAL STRUCTURES

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An understanding of Christianity's entry and expansion in India cannot be possible without some understanding of the continent or subcontinent and its various cultures. Contexts have played a key historical role in shaping the destiny of India's peoples. India is not just a discrete and self-contained continent, but also a cultural construction in the minds of its many peoples. This chapter focuses on such contexualizations. Settings discussed include geo-environmental, ethno-demographic, language, kinship, socio-structural, and village.

Keywords: Christianity; India; religion; contexts; geo-environment; ethno-demographic; language; kinship; socio-structural

Chapter.  17215 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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