1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of South Asian Migrations

Edited By Ajaya K. Sahoo Copyright 2024
    372 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Routledge Handbook of South Asian Migrations presents cutting-edge research on South Asian migrants written from a diverse theoretical and methodological perspective by leading scholars from around the world.

    This book provides a comprehensive understanding of how South Asians negotiate and promote South Asian culture both within and outside the region while undergoing several challenges during the process of migration. The Handbook covers many dimensions of South Asian migrations written by leading scholars from across the world, including but not limited to sociology, history, anthropology, economics, political science, geography, education, psychology, literature, and cultural studies. Divided thematically into five broad sections the chapters critically analyse some of the pertinent issues of South Asian migrations:

    • Contextualizing South Asian Migrations
    • Migration, Language, and Identity
    • Politics of Migration and Development
    • Gender, Culture, and Migration
    • Migration, Diaspora, and Transnationalism

    Addressing these issues from a multidisciplinary, multigenerational, multiracial, and multi-ethnic perspective, the Routledge Handbook of South Asian Migrations fills a gap in the literature and is an invaluable resource for students and scholars throughout the social sciences and humanities.

    Introduction – South Asian Migrations, Ajaya K. Sahoo Part-I: Contextualizing South Asian Migrations Chapter 1. Irregular Migration in South Asia, Lakshman Dissanayake; Chapter 2. South Asians in Britain: Migration, Settlement, and Conflict, Brett Bebber; Chapter 3. The Complexity of Large-scale Migrations from South Asia to the GulfMarko Valenta, Zan Strabac, Jo Jakobsen & Mouawiya Al Awad; Chapter 4. Migration of Health Workforce in the South Asian Region, Ayona Bhattacharjee & Pralok Gupta; Chapter 5. Distress-induced Migration in South Asia: Can Watersheds Help as Infrastructures of Desirable Immobility? Shashank Deora & Pankaj Sekhsaria; Part-II: Migration, Language, and Identity Chapter 6. South Asian Migrant Literature in the UK, Virinder Kalra; Chapter 7. Racialized Language Ideologies Challenging the Educational Opportunities of South Asian Students in Hong Kong, Wai-chi Chee; Chapter 8. Migration and Domination: Gauda Saraswat Brahmanas of South Western India, Nagendra Rao; Chapter 9. Language and Power in South Asian Transnational Migration: Case Studies from Pakistan, Tony Capstick; Chapter 10. Literary Perspective on Sri Lankan Migration to the United Kingdom, Rimi Nath Part-III: Politics of Migration and Development Chapter 11. Protection and Mobility in the time of Pandemic, Nasreen Chowdhory & Shamna Thachampoyil; Chapter 12. Reverse Capital: South Asian Migrants in Irregular Migration Contexts, Adrian A. Khan; Chapter 13. Staying On and “Immobility Capital”: Muslim Darzis (Tailors) in post-partition Calcutta, 1947-1967, Humaira Chowdhury; Chapter 14. Citizenship Entangle: Politics of Migration and Identity in and outside Assam, Roli Misra; Chapter 15. Motivational factors of Migration from Bangladesh to Italy, Kazi Abdul Mannan & Khandaker Mursheda Farhana Part-IV: Gender, Culture, and Migration Chapter 16. South Asian Diaspora, Gender, and Transnational Lives: Epistemological Omission of Caste, Pallavi Banerjee & Chetna Khandelwal; Chapter 17. ‘Lost Conversations’: The Negotiations and Violations of Emotion Cultures Embedded in Migrant Journeys, Reshmi Lahiri-Roy; Chapter 18. Understanding Punjabi Mexican Family Life in America, Karen Leonard; Chapter 19. South Asian Transnationalism: Gender, Identities, and Virtual Spaces, Anindita Shome; Chapter 20. State, Refugees and Fuzzy Borders: Dialectics of Reciprocal Integration among Tibetan Refugees and Indian Hosts in Ladakh, Joanna Coelho Part-V: Migration, Diaspora, and Transnationalism Chapter 21. Nepali Migration to Japan: From the ‘Vulnerable Invisible’ to the ‘Precarious Visible’, Keiko Yamanaka; Chapter 22. Changing Contours of Nepali Diaspora in India, Tanka B. Subba; Chapter 23. Acculturation and Adaptation of Indian Immigrants in Portugal, Joana Neto & Félix Neto; Chapter 24. A bidesh called Italy: Migration from Bangladesh to Italy and beyond, Francesco Della Puppa; Chapter 25. Italian Bangladeshis in Europe: Social Networks, Transnational Ties and Intra-EU Mobility, Mohammad Morad; Index


    Ajaya K. Sahoo is a Professor and Head of the Centre for Study of Indian Diaspora, University of Hyderabad, India. His most recent edited books include the Routledge Handbook of Asian Transnationalism (2022) and the Routledge Handbook of Asian Diaspora and Development (2021). He is also the editor of the Journal of South Asian Diaspora (Taylor & Francis/Routledge).

    “This rich, capacious collection of twenty-five essays accommodates a variety of important perspectives on South Asia’s culture of migration, the politics and economics of mobility, and the management of migration. Importantly, immobility is also factored into the analysis. Highly recommended.”

    --Khachig Tölölyan, Professor of English, Wesleyan University, USA and Founding Editor, Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies


    “This Handbook draws on a global collection of scholars to illuminate the extent and diversity of the South Asian global diaspora, from more familiar stories of migration to the Gulf to less documented migrations of Tibet, Nepal and Assam. Interdisciplinary, historically and empirically grounded and theoretically diverse, this volume offers an indispensable guide for scholars and students alike.”

    --Becky Taylor, Professor of Modern History, University of East Anglia, UK


    “This Handbook is an invaluable resource. It will be essential for anyone interested in learning about the diversity and complexity of mobile South Asians who have created mixed communities in many countries in the twentieth century. Its authors represent a wide range of locations and orientations, providing a good sense of the perspective diversity that animates research, policies, and popular media concerning migration.”

    --David Ludden, Professor of History, New York University, USA


    “This is an impressive and comprehensive collection of essays that highlights the scope and scale of transnational migrations within South Asia and from South Asia across the world. Bringing together historical and contemporary case studies in an interdisciplinary perspective, this volume is rare in its wide-ranging collective look at both the better known emigrations out of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, and making visible the less-known migration histories of Nepal, Tibet, and Sri Lanka.”

    --Sana Aiyar, Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA