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Routledge Handbook of the Indian Diaspora

1st Edition

Edited by Radha Sarma Hegde, Ajaya Kumar Sahoo


394 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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The geographical diversity of the Indian diaspora has been shaped against the backdrop of the historical forces of colonialism, nationalism and neoliberal globalization. In each of these global moments, the demand for Indian workers has created the multiple global pathways of the Indian diasporas.

The Routledge Handbook of the Indian Diaspora introduces readers to the contexts and histories that constitute the Indian diaspora. It brings together scholars from different parts of the globe, representing various disciplines, and covers extensive spatial and temporal terrain. Contributors draw from a variety of archives and intellectual perspectives in order to map the narratives of the Indian diaspora. The topics covered range from the history of diasporic communities, activism, identity, gender, politics, labour, policy, violence, performance, literature and branding.

The handbook analyses a wide array of issues and debates and is organised in six parts:

• Histories and trajectories

• Diaspora and infrastructures

• Cultural dynamics

• Representation and identity

• Politics of belonging

• Networked subjectivities and transnationalism.

Providing a comprehensive analysis of the diverse social, cultural and economic contexts that frame diasporic practices, this key reference work will reinvigorate discussions about the Indian diaspora, its global presence and trajectories. It will be an invaluable resource for academics, researchers and students interested in studying South Asia in general and the Indian diaspora in particular.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Radha S. Hegde and Ajaya K. Sahoo

Part I: Histories and Trajectories


  1. Indian Servitude in the British Empire, Vinay Lal
  2. Race, Ethnicity and Conflict in the Indian Diaspora, Brij Maharaj
  3. Writing Indenture History through Testimonios and Oral Narratives, Vijay Mishra
  4. Coolitude Meets Indianité: Postcolonial Kala Pani Writings in French, Brinda Mehta
  5. Out of India: East Africa and its South Asian Diasporas, Sana Aiyar
  6.  Part II: Diaspora and Infrastructures


  7. Labour Policy and Global Indian Diaspora, SaunJuhi Verma
  8. Paradigms, Policies and Patterns of Indian Diaspora Investments, Daniel Naujoks
  9. Transnational Diaspora Organizations and India’s Development, Rina Agarwala
  10. Money Flows, Gender and Family among Indian Migrants to Australia, Supriya Singh
  11. Part III: Cultural Dynamics


  12. Programming Bollywood: Media and the Indian-American Diaspora, 1965-2010, Aswin Punathambekar
  13. Migratory South Asian Performances: Between Nationalism and Assimilation, Priya Srinivasan
  14. Musical Performances in the Indian Diaspora, Tina K. Ramnarine
  15. Transnational Bollywood Assemblages in Singapore, Anjali Gera Roy
  16. Diasporic Visual Cultures of Indian Fashion and Beauty, Vanita Reddy Part IV: Representation and Identity

  18. Poetic Politics: From Ghadar to the Indian Workers’ Association, Virinder S. Kalra
  19. South Asian Women and Work in the Diaspora, Tania Das Gupta
  20. Of Intersecting Oppressions: Domestic Violence and the Indian diaspora, Rupaleem Bhuyan and Susan Ramsundarsingh
  21. Celebrating Indian culture: Festival spaces and entangled lives in Darwin, North Australia, Michele Lobo
  22. Softening India Abroad: Representations of India and its diaspora in the Canadian Press, Huzan Dordi and Margaret Walton-Roberts
  23.  Part V: Politics of Belonging

  24. Renewing Diasporic Bonds and the Global Branding of India, Radha S. Hegde
  25. Performing Indian American Ethnicity in mainstream America, Bandana Purkayastha, Shweta Majumdar Adur and Koyel Khan
  26. Home, Belonging and the City in the Anglo-Indian Diaspora, Jayani Bonnerjee
  27. Memories and Apprehensions: Temporalities of Queer South Asian Belonging and Activism in the Diaspora, Shweta Majumdar Adur

    Part VI: Networked Subjectivities and Transnationalism


  29. Indians in Australia: Understanding the Changing Face of a Community, Michiel Baas
  30. Networks, Caste and Transnational Identities, Goolam Vahed
  31. Geographies of Indian Transnationalism, Carmen Voigt-Graf
  32. Of Kaleidoscopic Mothers and Diasporic Twists: The Mother/ Daughter Plot in the Work of Jhumpa Lahiri, Delphine Munos
  33. Diasporic Subjectivity: Of Loss, Memory, Being and Becoming, Mala Pandurang

About the Editors

Radha Sarma Hegde is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, U.S. Her research interests focus on issues of migration, transnational feminism, globalization and media. She is the author of Mediating Migration (2016), and currently co-editor of the journal Feminist Media Studies.

Ajaya Kumar Sahoo is Assistant Professor at the Centre for the Study of Indian Diaspora, University of Hyderabad, India. His research interests include Indian diaspora and transnationalism. His recent co-edited books include Indian Transnationalism Online (2014) and Transnational Migrations (2009). He is the editor of the journal South Asian Diaspora.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General