The Indian Diaspora
Edited by William Safran, Ajaya Sahoo, Brij V. Lal
Routledge India – 2009
This book studies Indian diaspora, currenlty 20 million across the world, from various perspectives. It looks at the 'transnational' nature of the middle class worker. Other aspects include: post 9/11 challenges; ethnicity in USA; cultural identity versus national identity; gender issues amongst the diaspora communities. It argues that Indian middle classes have the unique advantages of skills, mobility, cultural rootedness and ethics of hard-work.
"Overall, Transnational migrations: The Indian diaspora fulfills its primary goal of providing background information on the Indian diaspora for interested students and scholars. Supplemented by personal anecdotes, the text is particularly beneficial for researchers interested in the lived realities of the North Indian diaspora in the United States." -- Naveen Girn, The Canadian Geographer / Le G´eographe canadien 2011, 55(4): 512–531
"William Safran, Ajaya Kumar Sahoo and Brij V. Lal’s Transnational Migrations: The Indian Diaspora is a comprehensible collection of articles which offers various insights into the studies of diasporas and in particular Indian diaspora in different parts of the world… This compilation is an important contribution to the existing body of diaspora and transnationalism literature. With its interdisciplinary and interregional approach it effectively bridges the gap between these two intertwined disciplines and sparks interest across the academic board." - Susanne Kranz, Zayed University; Journal of South Asian Development, 6, 2 (2011)
Introduction 1. Examining the "Global" Indian Middle Class: Gender and Culture in the Silicon Valley/Bangalore Circuit Smitha Radhakrishnan 2. 9/11 and the Indian Diaspora: Narratives of Race, Place and Immigrant Identity Sunil Bhatia 3. Committed to Ethnicity, Committed to America: How Second-Generation Indian Americans' Ethnic Boundaries Further their Americanisation Pawan Dhingra 4. The Indian Diaspora in Transnational Context: Social Relations and Cultural Identities of Immigrants to New York City Gauri Bhattacharya 5. Transnationalism and the Indo-Fijian Diaspora: The Relationship of Indo-Fijian to India and its People Carmen Voight-Graf 6. Home and Away: Diasporas, Developments and Displacements in a Globalising World Pablo Shiladitya Bose. Index
William Safran is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Colorado, USA. Ajaya Kumar Sahoo is Lecturer, Centre for Study of Indian Diaspora, University of Hyderabad. Brij V. Lal, Professor is former Head of Pacific and Asian History, Australian National University.