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Tracing an Indian Diaspora
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Tracing an Indian Diaspora
Contexts, Memories, Representations

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© 2008 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
The Indian diaspora, comprising over 20 million people spread across a hundred countries, continues to grow in size and make its presence felt. This collection traces various forms of plurality within the diaspora: geographical dispersion, historical contexts, temporal frames, authorial positions and political affiliations. It is an assemblage, not a narrative, and purposefully so. It does not attempt to produce a new boundary around diasporic identifications, but rather to unsettle diaspora by loosely juxtaposing a set of chapters that provide complementary, sometimes conflicting perspectives on diasporic locations, identifications and representations.

Some sections of the compilation probe the migratory movements that have led to the formation of the Indian diaspora, unpacking its geographical scope and highlighting its different locales. Others look at diasporic practices, focusing on the ways and means of remembering and enacting diasporic belonging and the sites and spaces where such narratives of belonging are performed.

This work is an invaluable resource for students, researchers and academicians working in the fields of anthropology, geography, history, political science, sociology, Asian studies, diaspora studies, South Asian studies, literary studies, cultural studies, ethnic and migration studies.
Sachidananda Mohanty
Foreword
Parvati Raghuram and Ajaya Kumar Sahoo
Thinking 'Indian Diaspora' for our Times
 
I: 'A NEW FORM OF SLAVERY': INDENTURED DIASPORA
Brij Maharaj
Introduction
Rajesh Rai
'Positioning' the Indian Diaspora: The Southeast Asian Experience
Carl Vadivella Belle
Forgotten Malaysians? Indians and Malaysian Society
Henry Srebrnik
Indo-Fijians: Forever Marooned without Land and Power in a South Pacific Archipelago?
Sahadeo Basdeo and Brinsley Samaroo
Indo-Caribbean Political Leaders During the Twentieth Century
 
II: THE NEW INDIAN DIASPORA
Dave Sangha
Introduction
Sunaina Maira
Citizenship and Dissent in Diaspora: Indian Immigrant Youth in the United States After 9/11
Pierre Gottschlich
The Indian Diaspora in the United States of America: An Emerging Political Force?
Parvati Raghuram
Immigration Dynamics in the Receiving State-Emerging Issues for the Indian Diaspora in the United Kingdom
Ravinder Barn
Indian Diaspora in the United Kingdom: Second-Generation Parents' Views and Experiences on Heritage Language Transmission
Wardlow Friesen and Robin A Kearns
Indian Diaspora in New Zealand: History, Identity and Cultural Landscapes
 
III: DOING DIASPORA: IDENTIFICATIONS
Parvati Raghuram
Introduction
Celia A Genn
The Chishtiyya Diaspora-An Expanding Circle?
Karen Isaksen Leonard
Hyderabadis Abroad: Memories of Home
Mala Pandurang
Moving Beyond, Moving Ahead: Possible Paradigms for Accessing Indian Emigrant Subjectivities
Cynthia J Miller
Immigrants, Images, and Identity: Visualising Homelands across Borders
Geoffrey Burkhart
Identity Dilemmas: Gay South Asian Men in North America
 
IV: REPRESENTATIONS: CONTESTATIONS OF/IN THE INDIAN DIASPORA
Parvati Raghuram
Introduction
Esha Niyogi De
Re-domesticating Hindu Femininity: Legible Pasts in the Bengali American Diaspora
Nandini Bhattacharya
Romancing Religion: Neoliberal Bollywood's Gendered Visual Repertoire for a Pain-free Globalisation
Sam Naidu
Women Writers of the South Asian Diaspora: Towards a Transnational Feminist Aesthetic?
Jaspal Kaur Singh
Memory of Trauma in Meena Alexander's Texts
Bernard Wilson
Meta-Mobilis: The Case for Polymorphous Existence in K S Maniam's Between Lives
Brinda Mehta
Exilic Dispositions and Dougla Identity in Laure Moutoussamy's Passerelle de vie (The Bridge of Life)
 
Index

The volume…has originated to mark the first decade of the Centre for Study of Indian Diaspora, Hyderabad and is a collection of papers covering diverse area…. What makes this book different is the presence of an introduction or a connecting chapter before every section, which provides a rhythm and connectivity to the whole book and doesn`t make the change and the assortment, appear to be abrupt.

Financial Express

The book offers rare vignettes of globetrotting forays of Indian to regale its readers with the globetrotting Indians. The book divulges prognosis with acuity to prove this mobilisation not to be a lemming-tide syndrome.

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