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An Encounter of Peripheries: Santals, Missionaries, and Their Changing Worlds, 1867-1900

Harald Tambs-Lyche (Author) Marine Carrin (Author)
Synopsis This book partakes of the post-colonial reassessment of the nineteenth century, where agency is seen to lie, not just with the colonizing centre, but also with the colonized periphery. Here, missionaries from a peripheral part of Europe--including a Norway striving to decolonize itself--try to convert the Santals, an Indian tribe which had rebelled against the intruding colonial order. Provincializing the European origins of the missionaries, the authors try to explore the Santal response.Missionary sources have been used to recast such encounters, but the response seldom has had a documented voice. The santals, however, wrote thousands of pages as part of the Missionary Project to document their culture, showing their efforts to reconstruct and reappropriate their own culture. Subaltern voices emerge, as working class missionaries and Santals meet, bypassing the centres of hegemony, and oppose the disenchantment of colonial experience to the memory of a glorious past.For some years, a space is created at the edge of empire, where the missionary adventurer, and santals in search of a new identity, together build a new Christian community. The missionaries succeed only because of the Santal engagement--born, not just from their appropriation of missionary ideas, but also from their resistance to the Hindu majority and to internal colonialism. But soon colonial power relations erode missionary independence, as they come to depend on the churches of their homeland, while the Santals are absorbed into the exploitative economics of colonialism. The space allowed by an 'encounter of peripheries' is closed.
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About the author

Harald Tambs-Lyche

Harald Tambs-Lyche received his Ph.D. from the University of Bergen in 1972. After early work on Indian immigrants in Europe, he has worked on Saurashtra since 1973, and has published a volume on the emergence of its traditional society: Power, Profit and Poetry (Manohar, 1997); and edited a collection of articles on The Feminine Sacred in South Asia (Manohar, 1999). A study of Scandinavian missionaries among the Santals, in collaboration with Marine Carrin, is being prepared for publication. He is presently working on ethnic and religious revitalization in Karnataka, and is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Picardie-Jules Verne, Amiens, France.

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Title An Encounter of Peripheries: Santals, Missionaries, and Their Changing Worlds, 1867-1900
Format Hardcover
Date published: 26.09.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173047553
length 386p.