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Home, Belonging and Memory in Migration
Leaving and Living

ISBN 9781032047362
Published September 10, 2021 by Routledge India
312 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume explores ideas of home, belonging and memory in migration through the social realities of leaving and living. It discusses themes and issues such as locating migrant subjectivities and belonging; sociability and wellbeing; the making of a village; bondage and seasonality; dislocation and domestic labour; women and work; gender and religion; Bhojpuri folksongs; folk music; experience; and the city to analyse the social and cultural dynamics of internal migration in India in historical perspectives. Departing from the dominant understanding of migration as an aberration impelled by economic factors, the book focuses on the centrality of migration in the making of society. Based on case studies from an array of geo-cultural regions from across India, the volume views migrants as active agents with their own determinations of selfhood and location.

Part of the series Migrations in South Asia, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers of migration studies, refugee studies, gender studies, development studies, social work, political economy, social history, political studies, social and cultural anthropology, exclusion studies, sociology, and South Asian Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Locating Subjectivities and Belonging in Migration

Sadan and Pushpendra

Part I: Labouring to Freedom

2. The Aspiration of a ‘Civilised’, ‘Human’ and ‘Dignified’ Life: An Enquiry into Sociability, Sociality and Wellbeing of Migrants in an Indian Coalfield

Dhiraj Kumar Nite

3. Migration and the Making of a Village


4. ‘Freedom Talk of Ploughmen’: Bondage and Seasonal Migration in East Central India

Sohini Sengupta

Part II: Engendering Migration

5. Gender and Migration: A Contemporary View

Samita Sen

6. Home Away from Home? Belonging and Dislocation among Migrant Domestic Workers

Anindita Chatterjee

7. Migration, Gender, and Religion: A Study of Malabar Migration and Gendered Christian Identity in Girideepam (1961–1971)

Sharon Rose

Part III: Migration, Memory and Longing

8. Making Sense of Migration: Reflections on the Contexts and Contents of Bhojpuri Women’s Folksongs

Asha Singh

9. The Idea of Home in a World of Circulation: Steam, Women, and Migration through Bhojpuri Folksongs

Nitin Sinha

10. Jaun-Yeun: Simultaneous Engagement of Konkani Migrants

Amita Bhide and Kalyani Vartak

11. Migration and Music: Incarnations of Biraha

Praveen Kumar Jha

Part IV: Negotiating the City Space

12. The Purusharthi Refugee: Sindhi Migrants in Jaipur’s Walled City

Garima Dhabhai

13. ‘Once a Migrant, Always a Migrant’? Negotiating Home and Belongingness in the City of Kolkata

Swati Mantri

14. Figure of the Migrant as Other: Experiences, Memory and the Politics of Belonging



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Sadan is Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Studies, Surat, Gujarat, India.

Pushpendra is Professor and Chairperson at the Patna Centre of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bihar, India.