1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of the Indian Diaspora

Edited By Radha Hegde, Ajaya Sahoo Copyright 2018
    414 Pages
    by Routledge

    414 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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 J. 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 vultures of Indian fashion and beauty, Vanita Reddy

      Part IV: Representation and identity 

    17. Poetic politics: from Ghadar to the Indian Workers’ Association, Virinder S. Kalra

    18. South Asian women and work in the diaspora, Tania Das Gupta

    19. Of intersecting oppressions: domestic violence and the Indian diaspora, Rupaleem Bhuyan and Susan Ramsundarsingh

    20. Celebrating Indian culture: festival spaces and entangled lives in Darwin, North Australia, Michele Lobo

    21. Softening India abroad: representations of India and its diaspora in the Canadian Press, Huzan Dordi and Margaret Walton-Roberts

    22. Part V: Politics of belonging

    23. Renewing diasporic bonds and the global branding of India, Radha S. Hegde

    24. Performing Indian American ethnicity in mainstream America, Bandana Purkayastha, Shweta Majumdar Adur and Koyel Khan

    25. Home, belonging and the city in the Anglo-Indian diaspora, Jayani Bonnerjee

    26. Memories and apprehensions: temporalities of queer South Asian belonging and activism in the diaspora, Shweta Majumdar Adur

    27. Part VI: Networked subjectivities and transnationalism

    28. Indians in Australia: understanding the changing face of a community, Michiel Baas

    29. Networks, caste, and transnational identities, Goolam Vahed

    30. Geographies of Indian transnationalism, Carmen Voigt-Graf


    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.