Tracing An Indian Diaspora

Tracing An Indian Diaspora

Contexts, Memories, Representations

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Traces some of the plurality with the Indian context as well as in the context of globalization, and transnationalism. This work discusses the migratory movements that have led to the formation of the Indian diaspora and formation to diasporic practices.

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Geographers and other social scientists, all but two in other English-speaking countries besides India, seek to unsettle the concept of diaspora by tracing some of the pluralities among people who have left the South Asian country, such as geographical dispersion, historical contexts, temporal frames, authorial positions, and political affiliation. Among their topics are Indo-Fijians marooned without land and power in a South Pacific archipelago, Indian immigrant youth in the US after 9/11, possible paradigms for accessing Indian emigrant subjectivities, and Bollywood's gendered visual repertoire for a pain-free globalization. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
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.

Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Sage Publications, 2008
ISBN: 9788178298337
Characteristics: xiii, 467 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Raghuram, Parvati


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