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ShorelinesSpace and Rights in South India$
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Ajantha Subramanian

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804761468

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804761468.001.0001

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The Coastal World

The Coastal World

Spatial Jurisdictions and Meanings

(p.35) 1 The Coastal World
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This chapter focuses on the political dynamism that existed in coastal Catholicism, which is considered as both translocal and local in form. It addresses the argument that the various viewpoints of the coast as a space of religious patronage (premodern) hide the dynamism of the coastal world. It looks at the partial negotiation over the dominion of coastal space and the caste status of the Mukkuvars. The chapter includes information from Catholic church histories, Travancore state formation, India's caste and Catholicism, and the author's personal research. Part of the chapter also focuses on different oral histories from old fisherwomen and fishermen about the Mukkuvar caste.

Keywords:   political dynamism, coastal Catholicism, religious patronage, coastal space, Mukkuvars, oral histories

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