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India Abroad : Diasporic Cultures of Postwar America and England - Sandhya Shukla

India Abroad

Diasporic Cultures of Postwar America and England

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Published: 7th September 2003
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"India Abroad" analyzes the development of Indian diasporas in the United States and England from 1947, the year of Indian independence, to the present. Across different spheres of culture--festivals, entrepreneurial enclaves, fiction, autobiography, newspapers, music, and film--migrants have created India as a way to negotiate life in the multicultural United States and Britain. Sandhya Shukla considers how Indian diaspora has become a contact zone for various formations of identity and discourses of nation. She suggests that carefully reading the production of a diasporic sensibility, one that is not simply an outgrowth of the nation-state, helps us to conceive of multiple imaginaries, of America, England, and India, as articulated to one another. Both the connections and disconnections among peoples who see themselves as in some way Indian are brought into sharp focus by this comparativist approach.

This book provides a unique combination of rich ethnographic work and textual readings to illuminate the theoretical concerns central to the growing fields of diaspora studies and transnational cultural studies. Shukla argues that the multi-sitedness of diaspora compels a rethinking of time and space in anthropology, as well as in other disciplines. Necessarily, the standpoint of global belonging and citizenship makes the boundaries of the "America" in American studies a good deal more porous. And in dialogue with South Asian studies and Asian American studies, this book situates postcolonial Indian subjectivity within migrants' transnational recastings of the meanings of race and ethnicity. Interweaving conceptual and material understandings of diaspora, India Abroad finds that in constructed Indias, we can see the contradictions of identity and nation that are central to the globalized condition in which all peoples, displaced and otherwise, live.

"Shukla's book is motivated by, and gives direction to, the energy of the Indian diaspora. The book achieves an ideological agency through a series of negotiations between 'home' and 'away', the organic evolution of a community and its fossilization of traditions and customs in exile. It shows the community becoming individuals."--Dipli Saikia, Times Higher Education Supplement "Sandhya Shukla ... cannot but impress with the scope of the book... India Abroad ... is a delightful and informative read, of cross-disciplinary interest, and a major contribution to the rethinking of nationalism."--Manu Bhagavan, Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism

Introduction
Geographies of Indiannessp. 1
Histories and Nationsp. 25
Little Indias, Places for Indian Diasporasp. 78
Affiliations and Ascendancy of Diasporic Literaturep. 132
India in Print, India Abroadp. 175
Generations of Indian Diasporap. 213
Epilogue Presents and Futuresp. 249
Notesp. 253
Acknowledgmentsp. 303
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780691092676
ISBN-10: 0691092672
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 7th September 2003
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48