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Privileged minorities : Syrian Christianity, gender, and minority rights in postcolonial India / Sonja Thomas.

Author/creator Thomas, Sonja author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2018]
Descriptionix, 210 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Global South Asia
Global South Asia. ^A1334409
Contents Introduction -- Syrian Christians and "God's Own Country" -- Clothes Reading : Communal and Secular Clothing "Choices" and Women's Mobility in Kerala -- Aryans and Dravidians : Syrian Christian Mythistories and Intersectional Racialized Oppression -- Who Are the Minorities? : Gender, Minority Rights Protesting, and the 1959 Liberation Struggle -- A Life without Religion : Textbooks, Morality, and Protesting across Religious Divides -- Conclusion : Postsecular Feminisms and the Charismatic Movement.
Abstract Syrian Christians in Kerala, India, although a demographic minority, are not a subordinated community. They are caste-, race-, and class-privileged and have long benefited economically and socially from their privileged position. In this book, the author focuses on Syrian Christian women to illuminate larger questions of multiple oppressions, privilege and subordination, racialization, and religion and secularism in India. Drawing on oral histories, ethnographic interviews, and personal insights, the author employs an intersectional approach and US women of color feminist theory to interrogate the relationships between religious rights and women's rights in Kerala. By exploring how inequalities within groups shape very different experiences of religious and political movements, the author lays the groundwork for imagining new feminist solidarities across religions, castes, races, and classes.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 157-200) and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Thomas, Sonja. Privileged minorities. Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2018 9780295743837
LCCN 2018002613
ISBN9780295743844 paperback ; alkaline paper
ISBN0295743840 paperback ; alkaline paper
ISBN9780295743820 hardcover ; alkaline paper
ISBN0295743824 hardcover ; alkaline paper
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