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African Clusters in India

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ISBN 9781032196602
March 17, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
178 Pages

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Book Description

African Clusters in India examines the discrimination and stereotypes faced by the African migrants in India. It outlines the narratives of the migrants and demonstrates how their ‘African identity’ gets associated with drugs, prostitution, and cannibalism. The book brings to the fore how the African migrants experience racial profiling based on a conflated African identity, and how this identity gets generalised irrespective of their different nationalities and leads to social exclusion. 

This monograph argues that the antagonistic urban environment facilitates the formation of a pan-African identity as a response to biases and stereotypes. It also explores the role of language, culture, and politics of representation to show the process of othering and exclusion in India. 

Drawing on lived experiences of the migrants, the volume engages with the larger discourse of globalization, liberalisation, and migration within the global south. It will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of critical race theory, ethnography, urban sociology, African studies, and South Asian studies

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction 1. ‘African Clusters’, Spatial Exclusion and the ‘African’ Identity in India Part II: The Emergence of African Clusters in India 2. India-Africa Relations: Delineating Post-Colonial and Neo-Liberal ties in Global South 3. Historical and Contemporary Patterns of Migration from Africa to India 4. The Forced Migration of Somali Refugees: Mapping the Impacts of Civil War and Internal Political Crisis 5. Re-reading African Clusters: Locating Housing Segregation, Gated Communities and Discriminatory Practices Part III: Race, Representation and Othering: Lived Experiences from the African Cluster 6. African Migrants and Discrimination: Locating the Intersectionality of Race, Class, Gender and Religion 7. African Migrants, the State and Contesting Narratives on Racial Discrimination: Locating Critical Race Theory 8. The Discursive Representation and Othering of the African Identity: Race as a Signifier 9. The Pan-African Identity in India: The Emergence of Collective Identity through Solidarity Networks and African Kitchens Part IV: The Way Forward 10. De-Colonizing Color Consciousness: Theorizing Race and Racism in India

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Koyal Verma is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the School of Liberal Arts, Bennett University. She has taught in Delhi University in colleges such as Mirada House, Hindu College, and Maitreyi College, Ambedkar University Delhi and at Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has done research for projects funded by Yale University, Bournemouth University England, UNESCO, Ford Foundation, Jawaharlal Nehru University, UNFPA. Her area of specialization is in Urban Sociology, Migration Studies, Diaspora Studies, Race and Ethnic Study.