By James Elisha Taneti (auth.)
Beginning within the 19th century, local girls preachers served and led nascent Protestant church buildings in a lot of Southern India, evolving their very own project theology and practices. This quantity examines the effect of Telugu socio-political dynamics, reminiscent of caste, gender, and empire, at the theology and practices of the Telugu Biblewomen.
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Offering Alternatives While gratefully drawing from the current discourses, this book also seeks to enrich some of these conversations; it, at times, humbly offers correctives. It challenges the assumption that the modern missionary movement of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries belonged either to Western (male and female) missionaries or to native male evangelists. While not denying both narratives, this case submits that native women were equally responsible for the expansion and articulation of Christianity in the region under study, as in other areas of the world.
The final chapter invites continued conversation on the global markers and regional variations of the profession around the world. Multiple Scholarly Contexts While working on this volume, I benefitted immensely from a number of ongoing scholarly discourses on gender, caste, empire, and Christian mission. These additional resources that I provide in the second half of this chapter would be of special interest and help to those seeking wider understanding of the subject of gender and mission. These conversations can be classified into four approaches— feminist, postcolonial, social, and socio-gender, based on the research questions asked and hermeneutical tools the authors applied in their studies.
This case attests to such processes of translation among the Telugu Christians. It, at the same time, identifies distinct, often conflicting, interests within the local communities. The local is not monolithic. Having been subverted by subjugated communities such as this one, the Christian faith as it is articulated and practiced in the nonWestern world, offers theological resources that are liberationist despite having emerged from the colonial contexts. Although all theologies that evolved in the process were not liberationist theologies per se, there is a liberative potential in each of them.
Caste, Gender, and Christianity in Colonial India: Telugu Women in Mission by James Elisha Taneti (auth.)