1st Edition

Culture and Economy in the Indian Diaspora

Edited By Bhikhu Parekh, Gurharpal Singh, Steven Vertovec Copyright 2003

    The Indian diaspora is one of the largest and most significant in the world today with between nine and twelve million people of Indian origin living outside South Asia. With successive waves of migration over the last two hundred years to almost every continent, it has assumed increasing self-consciousness and importance.
    Culture and Economy in the Indian Diaspora examines the Indian diaspora in Mauritius, South Africa, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, the Middle East, Trinidad, Australia, the US, Canada and the UK and addresses the core issues of demography, economy, culture and future development. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the crucial relationship between culture and economy in the diaspora over time.
    This book will appeal to all those interested in transnational communities, migration, ethnicity and racial studies, and South Asia.

    Gurharpal Singh Introduction1. Vinesh Y. Hookoomsing Choat Bharat, Mauritius: The Myth and the Reality2. Alleyn Diesel Hinduism in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa3. Ravindra K. Jain Culture and Economy: Tamils on the Plantation Frontier in Malaysia Revisited, 1998-19994. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake Diaspora and Citizenship: Forgotten Routes of Identity in Lanka5. Prakash C. Jain Culture and Economy in an 'Incipient' Diaspora: Indians in the Persian Gulf Region6. N. Jayaram The Politics of 'Cultural Renaissance' among Indo-Trinidadians7. Carmen Voigy-Graf Indians at Home in the Antipodes: Migrating with PhDs, Bytes or Kava in their Bags8. Johanna Lessinger Indian Immigrants in the United States: The Emergence of a Trasnational Population9. Harjot Oberoi Imagining Indian Diasporas in Canada: An Epic without a Text?10. Roger Ballard The South Asian Presence in Britain and its Transnational Connections


    Bhikhu Parekh is Centennial Professor in the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics and Emeritus Professor of Political Theory, University of Hull.
    Gurharpal Singh is Nadir Dinshaw Professor of Inter-Religious Relations at the University of Birmingham.
    Steven Vertovec is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin and will be returning to the University of Oxford as the Director of the Centre for Migration, Policy and Society in July 2003.