Transnational feminism has been critical to feminist theorizing in the global North over the last few decades. Perhaps due to its broad terminology, transnational feminism can become vague and dislocated, losing its ability to name specific critiques of and responses to empire, race, and globalization that are emboldened by its transnational remit. This volume encompasses an expansive engagement and exploration of transnational South Asian feminist movements, networks, and critiques within the context of the popular and the diaspora in South Asia. The contributing authors address key issues in a global context, especially as they operate both in a situated and the diasporic imaginary of South Asia.
While the idea of the popular in South Asia has often been circumscribed by the spaces and cultural politics of Bollywood, this interdisciplinary volume takes an innovative turn to examine how academics, advocates, activists, and artists envision the inroads and consequences of nationalism, globalization and/or empire, which continually remake communities and alter needs and allegiances. Through ethnography, literature, dance, cinema, activism, poetry, and storytelling, the authorsd analyse popular and social justice using a focused, multidisciplinary gendered lens.
This book was originally published as a special issue of South Asian Popular Culture.
Table of Contents
1. Transnational Feminism and Global Advocacy in South Asia Gita Rajan and Jigna Desai 2. In search of the choreographies of daily life and struggle Ananya Chatterjea 3. Churnings of a movement: Sangtin’s diary Richa Nagar and Richa Singh 4. Citizenship and dissent: South Asian Muslim youth in the US after 9/11 Sunaina Maira 5. Global nationalisms, pastoral identities: Association for India’s Development (AID) negotiates transnational activism Kumarini Silva 6. Impact of tsunami in the East – Muslim women’s perspective Shreen Saroor 7. Bending bodies, borders and desires in Bapsi Sidhwa’s Cracking India and Deepa Mehta’s Earth Rani Neutill 8. Eat, pray, love mimic: Female citizenship and otherness R. Diyah Larasati 9. Grassroots Texts: Ethnographic Ruptures and Transnational Feminist Imaginaries Piya Chatterjee
Gita Rajan is Professor of English and a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Faith and Public Life at Fairfield University, USA. Her research interests include South Asian literature and visual culture, feminist ethics, and advocacy models for sustainable globalization.
Jigna Desai is Associate Professor in the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and Asian American Studies Program at the University of Minnesota, USA. Her research interests include Asian American, postcolonial, queer, disability, and diasporic cultural studies.