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
Part II: Diaspora and Infrastructures
Part III: Cultural Dynamics
Part V: Politics of Belonging
Part VI: Networked Subjectivities and Transnationalism