This original collection demonstrates the importance of sporting practices, spaces and leisure affiliations to understanding issues around identity, (post-) migration, diaspora and transnationalism for global South Asian populations. The chapters provide a critical (re-) examination of the roles that sport plays within and in relation to South Asian groups in the diaspora, and raises a series of pertinent questions regarding the multifarious relationships between sport and South Asianness. The chapters range across a wide variety of disciplines, regions, sports and identifications. They are in conversation with each other while showing the particularity of each diasporic context and relationship to sport. The book encompasses a number of global contexts from the "homeland" (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan) to the diaspora (Fiji, Norway, the US, the UK), and addresses a broad range of sporting contexts, including basketball, boxing, cricket, cycling, field hockey, soccer and golf. The chapters combine a range of qualitative methods, including ethnography, auto-ethnography, participant observation, memoir, interview and textual analysis (film, television and print media). This collection comprises the latest cutting edge research in the field, and will be essential reading for scholars and students both of sport and South Asian diasporas.
This book was published as a special issue of South Asian Popular Culture.
1. Playing through time and space: Sport and South Asian diasporas 2. Situating Vijay Singh in (Asian) America 3. Affect and sport in South Asian American advertising 4. Competing masculinities: South Asian American identity formation in Asian American basketball leagues 5. Hetero-sexy self/body work and basketball: The invisible sporting women of British Pakistani Muslim heritage 6. ‘From refugees to the world stage’: Sport, civilisation and modernity in Out of the Ashes and the UK Afghan diaspora 7. Sporting with gender: Examining sport and belonging at home and in the diaspora through Patiala House & Chak De! India 8. Cricket as ‘utopian homeland’ in the Pakistani diasporic imagination 9. Diasporic pugilists and fighting for national belonging: Haroon Khan and the 2010 Commonwealth Games 10. Historical Memoir Essay: Where have all the cyclists gone? The case of 1970s Bangalore