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Global Indian Diasporas: Exploring Trajectories of Migration and Theory
edited by Gijsbert Oonk
Amsterdam University Press, 2008
eISBN: 978-90-485-0106-9 | Paper: 978-90-5356-035-8
Library of Congress Classification JV8501.G56 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 304.80954


Global Indian Diasporas discusses the relationship between South Asian emigrants and their homeland, the reproduction of Indian culture abroad, and the role of the Indian state in reconnecting emigrants to India. Focusing on the limits of the diaspora concept, rather than its possibilities, this volume presents new historical and anthropological research on South Asian emigrants worldwide. From a comparative perspective, examples of South Asian emigrants in Suriname, Mauritius, East Africa, Canada, and the United Kingdom are deployed in order to show that in each of these regions there are South Asian emigrants who do not fit into the Indian diaspora concept—raising questions about the effectiveness of the diaspora as an academic and sociological index, and presenting new and controversial insights in diaspora issues.

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