Schmalz, “Authority, Representation, and Offense”

Schmalz, Mathew. 2016. Authority, Representation, and Offense: Dalit Catholics, Foot Washing, and the Study of Global Catholicism. Journal of Global Catholicism 1(1): 117-129.

Abstract: In reflecting on a sharp scholarly exchange at a conference, this article explores issues of authority, representation, and offense in global Catholic and South Asian Studies. Focusing on the act of foot washing by Dalit Catholics, the article examines how scholarly offense is linked to particular claims of representational authority. The article also puts this discussion within the context of contemporary debates about Western portrayals of Indian culture and society.

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