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.
- Chapter 1: Thinking ‘Indian Diaspora’ for Our Times
- Section 1: ‘A New Form of Slavery’: Indentured Diaspora
- Chapter 2: ‘Positioning’ the Indian Diaspora: The South-East Asian Experience
- Chapter 3: Forgotten Malaysians? Indians and Malaysian Society
- Chapter 4: Indo-Fijians: Marooned without Land and Power in a South Pacific Archipelago?
- Chapter 5: Indo-Caribbean Political Leaders during the Twentieth Century
- Section 2: The New Indian Diaspora
- Chapter 6: Citizenship and Dissent in Diaspora: Indian Immigrant Youth in the United States after 9/11
- Chapter 7: The Indian Diaspora in the United States of America: An Emerging Political Force?
- Chapter 8: Immigration Dynamics in the Receiving State—Emerging Issues for the Indian Diaspora in the United Kingdom
- Chapter 9: Indian Diaspora in the United Kingdom: Second-Generation Parents’ Views and Experiences on Heritage Language Transmission
- Chapter 10: Indian Diaspora in New Zealand: History, Identity and Cultural Landscapes
- Section 3: Doing Diaspora: Identifications
- Chapter 11: The Chishtiyya Diaspora—An Expanding Circle?
- Chapter 12: Hyderabadis Abroad: Memories of Home
- Chapter 13: Moving beyond, Moving Ahead: Possible Paradigms for Accessing Indian Emigrant Subjectivities
- Chapter 14: Immigrants, Images and Identity: Visualising Homelands across Borders
- Chapter 15: Identity Dilemmas: Gay South Asian Men in North America
- Section 4: Representations: Contestations of/in the Indian Diaspora
- Chapter 16: Re-Domesticating Hindu Femininity: Legible pasts in the Bengali American Diaspora
- Chapter 17: Romancing Religion: Neoliberal Bollywood's Gendered Visual Repertoire for a Pain-Free Globalisation
- Chapter 18: Women Writers of the South Asian Diaspora: Towards a Transnational Feminist Aesthetic?
- Chapter 19: Memory of Trauma in Meena Alexander's Texts
- Chapter 20: Meta-Mobilis: The Case for Polymorphous Existence in K.S. Maniam's between Lives
- Chapter 21: Exilic Dispositions and Dougla Identity in Laure Moutoussamy's Passerelle de vie (The Bridge of Life)