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Tracing an Indian Diaspora: Contexts, Memories, Representations

by Parvati Raghuram, Ajaya Kumar Sahoo, Brij Maharaj and Dave Sangha SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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The concept of diaspora has been much debated during the past decade in terms of the essential and additional features that go with it, arguing which groups or communities could beuld not be designated as diaspora. The Indian diaspora today, with a strong community constituting more than 20 million and spreading across a hundred countries, continues to grow in size and making its transnational presence felt. This collection of essays traces some of the plurality with the Indian context as well as in the context of globalization, and transnationalism. The book discusses the migratory movements that have led to the formation of the Indian diaspora and formation to diasporic practices-the ways and means of remembering and enacting diasporic belonging and the sites and spaces where such narratives of belonging are performed and how these issues are played out through texts, and rituals such as pilgrimages and building temples.

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

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.

My research interests focus on the ways in which the mobility of individuals, goods and ideas is reshaping the world. Most of the work I have done so far has focused on how people experience and negotiate globalisation, especially as they move as gendered workers in sectors where the 'knowledge' of global knowledge societies is embodied and embedded: sectors such as medicine, education and the IT sector. The mobility and meanings of goods is an area I have explored in my work on Asian women and fashion. In the future I would like to examine how these mobilities are underlain by ideas such as developmentalism in order to explore how they reproduce, alter and challenge gendered subjectivities of migrants. My key concern here is to understand the implications of these ways of thinking for class and race politics and the ways in which postcolonial theory can provide a route into such thinking. Alongside these issues I have also kept up an interest in methodological and epistemological issues.