Diaspora and Identity
Perspectives on South Asian Diaspora
Edited by Ajaya Kumar Sahoo, Gabriel Sheffer
Routledge – 2014 – 184 pages
This book investigates the identity issues of South Asians in the diaspora. It engages the theoretical and methodological debates concerning processes of culture and identity in the contemporary context of globalisation and transnationalism. It analyses the South Asian diaspora - a perfect route to a deeper understanding of contemporary socio-cultural transformations and the way in which information and communication technology functions as both a catalyst and indicator of such transformations. The book will be of interest to scholars of diaspora studies, cultural studies, international migration studies, and ethnic and racial studies.
This book is a collection of papers from the journal South Asian Diaspora.
1. Introduction – Issues of Identity in the South Asian Diaspora 2. Diasporic Subjectivity as an Ethical Position 3. Another world of experience? Transnational contexts and the experiences of South Asian Americans 4. Revisiting the UK Muslim diasporic public sphere at a time of terror: from local (benign) invisible spaces to seditious conspiratorial spaces and the 'failure of multiculturalism' discourse 5. 'My language, my people': language and ethnic identity among British born South Asians 6. The Sikh gurdwara in Finland: negotiating, maintaining and transmitting immigrants' identities 7. Communal networks and gender: placing identities among South Asians in Kenya 8. Trajectory of social mobility: Asian Indian children coming of age in New York City 9. The power of technology: a qualitative analysis of how South Asian youth use technology to maintain cross-gender relationships 10. Place of subcaste (jati) identity in the discourse on caste: examination of caste in the diaspora
Ajaya Kumar Sahoo is currently an Assistant Professor & Director of the Centre for Study of Indian Diaspora, University of Hyderabad. His areas of research interests comprise international migration, South Asian diaspora, transnationalism, religion, and ageing. He is the Editor of South Asian Diaspora and Reviews Editor of Journal of Intercultural Studies.
Gabriel Sheffer is Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His research interests are in the field of diaspora and transnationalism, diaspora-homeland relations, and ethnic politics. He has authored numerous publications on topics related to his research interests. He is the editor of Modern Diasporas in International Politics (Croom Helm/St. Martin's Press, a pioneering text in the political study of diasporas).