This volume examines Indian diasporic communities in various countries including the UK, Trinidad, Portugal, Netherlands, and Fiji, among others, and presents new perspectives on the shifting nature of Indian transnationalism.
- Discusses how migrant communities reinforce the diaspora and retain a group identity, while at the same time maintaining a bond with their homelands;
- Highlights new tendencies in the configuration of Indian transnationalism, especially cultural entanglements with the host countries and the differentiation of homelands;
- Studies forces affecting bonding among these communities such as global and local encounters, glocalisation, as well as economic, political and cultural changes within the Indian state and the wider Indian diaspora.
Featuring a diverse collection of essays rooted in robust fieldwork, this volume will be of great importance for students and researchers of diaspora studies, globalization and transnational migration, cultural studies, minority studies, sociology, political studies, international relations, and South Asian studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Shifts in transnational bonding Part 1 – Global and local encounters 2. Re-reading the Banyan Tree Analogy: Everyday Life and Identity of Indian Diaspora in Britain 3. Reconfiguring Identity in a Transnational World: Indo-Trinidadians and the Construction of Indianness 4. From Nationalism to Hindutva: Bollywood and the Makings of a Hindu Diasporic Woman 5. Understanding Diaspora and Economic Development: Challenges and Opportunities Part 2 – Glocalisation 6. Indo-American Women Redefining Religious Practices in the Diaspora 7. Mother Mary in the Hindu Pantheon among Portuguese Gujarati Families 8. The Infrastructure of glocalization Part 3 – Regional transnationalism 9. Baithak Gáná Ke Nác: A Case of Reverse Glocalisation 10. Fijian-Indian Diaspora: Emergence, Engagement and Identity in the Transnational World 11. Idea of Homeland/s: The Hadramis of Barkas in the Persian Gulf
Ruben Gowricharn is Full Professor of Indian Diaspora Studies at the VU University in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He has published extensively on diasporas, democracy and the integration of ethnic minorities. He is also the managing director of a doctoral program for adult migrant students in the Netherlands and Suriname.