Writing the City in British Asian Diasporas

Writing the City in British Asian Diasporas Author Sean McLoughlin
ISBN-10 9781317679660
Release 2014-07-11
Pages 266
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In 1962, the Commonwealth Immigrants Act hastened the process of South Asian migration to postcolonial Britain. Half a decade later, now is an opportune moment to revisit the accumulated writing about the diasporas formed through subsequent settlement, and to probe the ways in which the South Asian diaspora can be re-conceptualised. Writing the City in British Asian Diasporas takes a fresh look at such matters and will have multi-disciplinary resonance worldwide. The meaning and importance of local, multi-local and trans-local dynamics is explored through a devolved and regionally-accented comparison of five British Asian cities: Bradford, the East End of London, Manchester, Leicester and Birmingham. Analysing the ‘writing’ of these differently configured cities since the 1960s, its main focus is the significant discrepancies in representation between differently-positioned texts reflecting both dominant institutional discourses and everyday lived experiences of a locality. Part I offers a comprehensive, yet still highly contested, reading of each city’s archives. Part II examines how the arts and humanities fields of History, Religion, Gender and Literary/Cultural Studies have all written British Asian diasporas, and how their perspectives might complement the better-established agendas of the social sciences. Providing an innovative analysis of South Asian communities and their multi-local identities in Britain today, this interdisciplinary book will be of interest to scholars of South Asian Studies, Migration, Ethnic and Diaspora Studies, as well as Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography.


Diasporas Author Kim Knott
ISBN-10 9781848138711
Release 2013-04-04
Pages 336
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Featuring essays by world-renowned scholars, Diasporas charts the various ways in which global population movements and associated social, political and cultural issues have been seen through the lens of diaspora. Wide-ranging and interdisciplinary, this collection considers critical concepts shaping the field, such as migration, ethnicity, post-colonialism and cosmopolitanism. It also examines key intersecting agendas and themes, including political economy, security, race, gender, and material and electronic culture. Original case studies of contemporary as well as classical diasporas are featured, mapping new directions in research and testing the usefulness of diaspora for analyzing the complexity of transnational lives today. Diasporas is an essential text for anyone studying, working or interested in this increasingly vital subject.

Contemporary Diasporic South Asian Women s Fiction

Contemporary Diasporic South Asian Women s Fiction Author Ruvani Ranasinha
ISBN-10 9781137403056
Release 2016-05-28
Pages 275
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This book is the first comparative analysis of a new generation of diasporic Anglophone South Asian women novelists including Kiran Desai, Tahmima Anam, Monica Ali, Kamila Shamsie and Jhumpa Lahiri from a feminist perspective. It charts the significant changes these writers have produced in postcolonial and contemporary women’s fiction since the late 1990s. Paying careful attention to the authors’ distinct subcontinental backgrounds of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – as well as India - this study destabilises the central place given to fiction focused on India. It broadens the customary focus on diasporic writers’ metropolitan contexts, illuminates how these transnational, female-authored literary texts challenge national assumptions and considers the ways in which this new configuration of transnational, feminist writers produces a postcolonial feminist discourse, which differs from Anglo-American feminism.

Nation and Migration

Nation and Migration Author Peter van der Veer
ISBN-10 0812215370
Release 1995
Pages 256
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Peter van der Veer and the contributors to this volume explore the relationship between South Asian nationalism, migration, ethnicity, and the construction of religious identity. Although nationality and diaspora seem to represent opposite ideas and values, the authors argue that nationalism is strengthened, even produced, by migration.

Beyond Bollywood

Beyond Bollywood Author Jigna Desai
ISBN-10 0415966841
Release 2004-01
Pages 280
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Beyond Bollywood is the first comprehensive look at the emergence, development, and significance of contemporary South Asian diasporic cinema. From a feminist and queer perspective, Jigna Desai explores the hybrid cinema of the "Brown Atlantic" through a close look at films in English from and about South Asian diasporas in the United States, Canada, and Britain, including such popular films as My Beautiful Laundrette, Fire, Monsoon Wedding, and Bend it Like Beckham.

Postcolonial Manchester

Postcolonial Manchester Author Lynne Pearce
ISBN-10 9781526101877
Release 2015-11-01
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Postcolonial Manchester offers a radical new perspective on Britain's devolved literary cultures by focusing on Manchester's vibrant, multicultural literary scene. Referencing Avtar Brah's concept of 'diaspora space', the authors argue that Manchester is, and always has been, a quintessentially migrant city to which workers of all nationalities and cultures have been drawn since its origins in the cotton trade and the expansion of the British Empire. This colonial legacy - and the inequalities upon which it turns - is a recurrent motif in the texts and poetry performances of the contemporary Mancunian writers featured here, many of them members of the city's long-established African, African-Caribbean, Asian, Chinese, Irish and Jewish diasporic communities. By turning the spotlight on Manchester's rich, yet under-represented, literary tradition in this way, Postcolonial Manchester also argues for the devolution of the canon of English Literature and, in particular, recognition for contemporary black and Asian literary culture outside of London. The book is organised around those predominant literary modes that have dominated Manchester's literary scene over the past forty years: namely, crime fiction, mixed-genre anthologies and 'poetry in performance'. In addition, it seeks to capture Manchester's distinctive postcolonial identity through a wide-ranging exploration of its history, literature and popular culture, while exploring the challenges involved in publishing Manchester's black and Asian writers. Throughout the volume, the discussion is concerned with the production and consumption of the texts as well as their subject matter. The book concludes by detailing in-depth interviews with several of the writers featured elsewhere in the volume. This book will be of interest to students and scholars working in the fields of contemporary literary and postcolonial studies, as well as general readers with an interest in Manchester.

Post 9 11 South Asian Diasporic Fiction

 Post  9 11 South Asian Diasporic Fiction Author P. Liao
ISBN-10 9781137297372
Release 2012-12-07
Pages 191
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While much of the critical discussion about the emerging genre of 9/11 fiction has centred on the trauma of 9/11 and on novels by EuroAmerican writers, this book draws attention to the diversity of what might be meant by "post" -9/11 by exploring the themes of uncanny terror through a close reading of four "post" -9/11 South Asian diasporic fictions.

Writing Diaspora

Writing Diaspora Author Yasmin Hussain
ISBN-10 9781351870856
Release 2017-03-02
Pages 160
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Issues of cultural hybridity, diaspora and identity are central to debates on ethnicity and race and, over the past decade, have framed many theoretical debates in sociology, cultural studies and literary studies. However, these ideas are all too often considered at a purely theoretical level. In this book Yasmin Hussain uses these ideas to explore cultural production by British South Asian women including Monica Ali, Meera Syal and Gurinder Chadha. Hussain provides a sociological analysis of the contexts and experiences of the British South Asian community, discussing key concerns that emerge within the work of this new generation of women writers and which express more widespread debates within the community. In particular these authors address issues of individual and group identity and the ways in which these are affected by ethnicity and gender. Hussain argues that in exploring the different dimensions of their cultural heritage, the authors she surveys have created changes within the meaning of the diasporic identity, articulating a challenge to the notion of 'Asianness' as a homogenous and simple category. In her examination of the process through which a hybridized diasporic culture has come into being, she offers an important contribution to some of the key questions in recent sociological and cultural theory.

South Asian Writers in Twentieth Century Britain

South Asian Writers in Twentieth Century Britain Author Ruvani Ranasinha
ISBN-10 UOM:39015067697576
Release 2007-02-22
Pages 312
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This book considers the work of South Asian writers who emigrated to, or were born in, Britain. Comparing the work of different generations, it shows how the experience of migrancy, the attitudes towards migrant writers in the literary market place, and the critical reception of them, changed significantly during the twentieth century.

Encyclopedia of Diasporas

Encyclopedia of Diasporas Author Melvin Ember
ISBN-10 9780306483219
Release 2005-05-30
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Immigration is a topic that is as important among anthropologists as it is the general public. Almost every culture has experienced adaptation and assimilation when immigrating to a new country and culture; usually leaving for what is perceived as a "better life". Not only does this diaspora change the country of adoption, but also the country of origin. Many large nations in the world have absorbed, and continue to absorb, large numbers of immigrants. The foreseeable future will see a continuation of large-scale immigration, as many countries experience civil war and secessionist pressures. Currently, there is no reference work that describes the impact upon the immigrants and the immigrant societies relevant to the world's cultures and provides an overview of important topics in the world's diasporas. The encyclopedia consists of two volumes covering three main sections: Diaspora Overviews covers over 20 ethnic groups that have experienced voluntary or forced immigration. These essays discuss the history behind the social, economic, and political reasons for leaving the original countries, and the cultures in the new places;Topics discusses the impact and assimilation that the immigrant cultures experience in their adopted cultures, including the arts they bring, the struggles they face, and some of the cities that are in the forefront of receiving immigrant cultures;Diaspora Communities include over 60 portraits of specific diaspora communities. Each portrait follows a standard outline to facilitate comparisons. TheEncyclopedia of Diasporas can be used both to gain a general understanding of immigration and immigrants, and to find out about particular cultures, topics and communities. It will prove of great value to researchers and students, curriculum developers, teachers, and government officials. It brings together the disciplines of anthropology, social studies, political studies, international studies, and immigrant and immigration studies.

Culture Diaspora and Modernity in Muslim Writing

Culture  Diaspora  and Modernity in Muslim Writing Author Rehana Ahmed
ISBN-10 9780415896771
Release 2012
Pages 241
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Fiction by writers of Muslim background forms one of the most diverse, vibrant and high-profile corpora of work being produced today - from the trail-blazing writing of Salman Rushdie and Hanif Kureishi, which challenged political and racial orthodoxies in the 1980s, to that of a new generation including Mohsin Hamid, Nadeem Aslam and Kamila Shamsie. This collection reflects the variety of those fictions. Experts in English, South Asian, and postcolonial literatures address the nature of Muslim identity: its response to political realignments since the 1980s, its tensions between religious and secular models of citizenship, and its manifestation of these tensions as conflict between generations. In considering the perceptions of Muslims, contributors also explore the roles of immigration, class, gender, and national identity, as well as the impact of 9/11. This volume includes essays on contemporary fiction by writers of Muslim origin and non-Muslims writing about Muslims. It aims to push beyond the habitual populist 'framing' of Muslims as strangers or interlopers whose ways and beliefs are at odds with those of modernity, exposing the hide-bound, conservative assumptions that underpin such perspectives. While returning to themes that are of particular significance to diasporic Muslim cultures, such as secularism, modernity, multiculturalism and citizenship, the essays reveal that 'Muslim writing' grapples with the same big questions as serve to exercise all writers and intellectuals at the present time: How does one reconcile the impulses of the individual with the requirements of community? How can one 'belong' in the modern world? What is the role of art in making sense of chaotic contemporary experience?

South Asian Diaspora in U K

South Asian Diaspora in U K Author Pramod Kumar Mishra
ISBN-10 UOM:39015053538099
Release 2001
Pages 130
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South Asian Diaspora in U K has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from South Asian Diaspora in U K also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full South Asian Diaspora in U K book for free.

Multi ethnic Britain 2000

Multi ethnic Britain 2000 Author Lars Eckstein
ISBN-10 9789042024977
Release 2008-01
Pages 425
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Multi-Ethnic Britain 2000+ provides an encompassing survey of artistic responses to the changes in the British cultural climate in the early years of the 21st century. It traces topical reactions to new forms of racism and religious fundamentalism, to legal as well as `illegal¿ immigration, and to the threat of global terror; yet it also highlights new forms of intercultural communication and convivial exchange. Framed by contributions from novelists Patrick Neate and Rajeev Balasubramanyam, Multi-Ethnic Britain 2000+ showcases how artistic representations in literature, film, music and the visual arts reflect and respond to social and political discourses, and how they contribute to our understanding of the current (trans)cultural situation in Britain. The contributions in this volume cover a wide range of writers such as Graham Swift, Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith, Jackie Kay, Nadeem Aslam, Gautam Malkani, Nirpal Dhaliwal and Monica Ali; films ranging from Gurinder Chadha¿s Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice to Michael Winterbottom¿s In This World and Alfonso Cuarón¿s Children of Men; paintings and photography by innovative black and Asian British Artists; and dubstep music. Contents Lars ECKSTEIN, Barbara KORTE, Eva Ulrike PIRKER, Christoph REINFANDT: A Divided Kingdom? Reflections on Multi-Ethnic Britain in the New Millennium Writers¿ Views Patrick NEATE: The Little Book of Tommy: Another Tommy Akhtar Investigation Rajeev BALASUBRAMANYAM: The Rhetoric of Multiculturalism Film I: Beyond the Burden of Representation? Ellen DENGEL-JANIC and Lars ECKSTEIN: Bridehood Revisited: Disarming Concepts of Gender and Culture in Recent Asian British Film Sandra HEINEN: Multi-Ethnic Britain on Screen: South Asian Diasporic Experience in Recent Feature Films Claudia STERNBERG: Babylon North: British Muslims after 9/11 in Yasmin (2004) Fiction I: Multi-Ethnic Utopias and Dystopias Lucie GILLET: Representations of Multicultural Society in Contemporary British Novels Sabine NUNIUS: `Sameness¿ in Contemporary British Fiction: (Metaphorical) Families in Zadie Smith¿s On Beauty (2005) Ulrike ZIMMERMANN: Out of the Ordinary ¿ and Back? Jackie Kay¿s Recent Short Fiction Daniel SCHÄBLER: Teenage Transformations in Multi-Ethnic Britain: Rehana Ahmed¿s Walking a Tightrope (2004) Nadia BUTT: Between Orthodoxy and Modernity: Mapping the Transcultural Predicaments of Pakistani Immigrants in Multi-Ethnic Britain in Nadeem Aslam¿s Maps for Lost Lovers (2004) Cordula LEMKE: Racism in the Disapora: Nadeem Aslam¿s Maps for Lost Lovers (2004) Visual Art and Music: Picturing and Sounding Identity Eva Ulrike PIRKER: Images of Muslim Britain Go Global: A Reading of the British Council¿s Touring Exhibition Common Ground Ingrid VON ROSENBERG: Female Views: Cultural Identity as a Key Issue in the Work of Black and Asian British Women Artists Christoph HÄRTER: The Dub Renaissance ¿ Reflections on the Aesthetics of Dub in Contemporary British Music Film II: Borderlines and Contested Spaces Sissy HELFF: Scapes of Refuge in Multicultural Britain: Representing Refugees in Digital Docudrama and Mockumentary Kathy-Ann TAN: `If you¿re not on paper, you don¿t exist¿: Depictions of Illegal Immigration and Asylum in Film ¿ on Michael Winterbottom¿s In This World (2002) and Code 46 (2003) Barbara KORTE: Envisioning a Black Tomorrow? Black Mother Figures and the Issue of Representation in 28 Days Later (2003) and Children of Men (2006) Fiction II: Reading and Writing the Metropolis Michael MITCHELL: Escaping the Matrix: Illusions and Disillusions of Identity in Gautam Malkani¿s Londonstani (2006) Ellen DENGEL-JANIC: `East is East and West is West¿: A Reading of Nirpal Dhaliwal¿s Tourism (2006) Yvonne ROSENBERG: `Stop Thinking like an Englishman¿ or: Writing Against a Fixed Lexicon of Terrorism in Patrick Neate¿s City of Tiny Lights (2005) Stephan LAQUÉ: `A deconstructed shrine¿: Locating Absence and Relocating Identity in Rodinsky¿s Room (2000) Susanne CUEVAS: `Societies Within¿: Council Estates as Cultural Enclaves in Recent Urban Fictions Interviews Angela KURTZ: Interview with Rajeev Balasubramanyam Violeta TOPALOVA: Interview with Patrick Neate Index Acknowledgements

Imagining Muslims in South Asia and the Diaspora

Imagining Muslims in South Asia and the Diaspora Author Claire Chambers
ISBN-10 9781317654124
Release 2014-08-13
Pages 238
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Literary, cinematic and media representations of the disputed category of the ‘South Asian Muslim’ have undergone substantial change in the last few decades and particularly since the events of September 11, 2001. Here we find the first book-length critical analysis of these representations of Muslims from South Asia and its diaspora in literature, the media, culture and cinema. Contributors contextualize these depictions against the burgeoning post-9/11 artistic interest in Islam, and also against cultural responses to earlier crises on the subcontinent such as Partition (1947), the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war and secession of Bangladesh, the 1992 Ayodhya riots , the 2002 Gujarat genocide and the Kashmir conflict. Offering a comparative approach, the book explores connections between artists’ generic experimentalism and their interpretations of life as Muslims in South Asia and its diaspora, exploring literary and popular fiction, memoir, poetry, news media, and film. The collection highlights the diversity of representations of Muslims and the range of approaches to questions of Muslim religious and cultural identity, as well as secular discourse. Essays by leading scholars in the field highlight the significant role that literature, film, and other cultural products such as music can play in opening up space for complex reflections on Muslim identities and cultures, and how such imaginative cultural forms can enable us to rethink secularism and religion. Surveying a broad range of up-to-date writing and cultural production, this concise and pioneering critical analysis of representations of South Asian Muslims will be of interest to students and academics of a variety of subjects including Asian Studies, Literary Studies, Media Studies, Women’s Studies, Contemporary Politics, Migration History, Film studies, and Cultural Studies.

Commerce with the Universe

Commerce with the Universe Author Gaurav Desai
ISBN-10 9780231535595
Release 2013-09-24
Pages 352
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Reading the life narratives and literary texts of South Asians writing in East Africa, Gaurav Desai builds a new history of Africa's encounter with slavery, colonialism, migration, nationalism, development, and globalization. Rather than approach literature and culture from a nation-centered perspective, Desai connects the medieval trade routes of the Islamicate empire, the early independence movements galvanized in part by Gandhi's southern African experiences, the invention of new ethnic nationalisms, and the rise of plural, multiethnic nations to the fertile exchange taking place across the Indian Ocean.

Afrindian fictions

Afrindian fictions Author Pallavi Rastogi
ISBN-10 0814203191
Release 2008
Pages 290
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In the first published book-length study of Indian fiction in South Africa, Pallavi Rastogi demonstrates that Indians desire South African citizenship in the fullest sense of the word, a longing for inclusion that is asserted through an “Afrindian” identity. Afrindian Fictions: Diaspora, Race, and National Desire in South Africa examines Afrindian identity and blurs the racial binary of black and white interaction in South African studies as well as unsettles the East-West paradigm of migration dominant in South Asian diaspora studies.While offering incisive analyses of the work of the most important South African Indian writers today—Ahmed Essop, Farida Karodia, Achmat Dangor, Imraan Coovadia, and Praba Moodley among others—the author also places South African Indian fiction within broader literary traditions. Rastogi's project of recovery shines a light on the rich but neglected literature by South African Indians. The book closes with interviews conducted with six key South African Indian writers. Here the authors not only reflect on their own writing but also comment on many of the issues raised in the book itself, particularly the role of Indians in South Africa today, and the status of South African Indian writing.Afrindian Fictions is a valuable introduction to South African Indian literature as well as a major interrogation of some of the foundational notions of post-colonial literary studies.

The Bengal Diaspora

The Bengal Diaspora Author Claire Alexander
ISBN-10 9781317335924
Release 2015-11-06
Pages 304
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India’s partition in 1947 and the creation of Bangladesh in 1971 saw the displacement and resettling of millions of Muslims and Hindus, resulting in profound transformations across the region. A third of the region’s population sought shelter across new borders, almost all of them resettling in the Bengal delta itself. A similar number were internally displaced, while others moved to the Middle East, North America and Europe. Using a creative interdisciplinary approach combining historical, sociological and anthropological approaches to migration and diaspora this book explores the experiences of Bengali Muslim migrants through this period of upheaval and transformation. It draws on over 200 interviews conducted in Britain, India, and Bangladesh, tracing migration and settlement within, and from, the Bengal delta region in the period after 1947. Focussing on migration and diaspora ‘from below’, it teases out fascinating ‘hidden’ migrant stories, including those of women, refugees, and displaced people. It reveals surprising similarities, and important differences, in the experience of Muslim migrants in widely different contexts and places, whether in the towns and hamlets of Bengal delta, or in the cities of Britain. Counter-posing accounts of the structures that frame migration with the textures of how migrants shape their own movement, it examines what it means to make new homes in a context of diaspora. The book is also unique in its focus on the experiences of those who stayed behind, and in its analysis of ruptures in the migration process. Importantly, the book seeks to challenge crude attitudes to ‘Muslim’ migrants, which assume their cultural and religious homogeneity, and to humanize contemporary discourses around global migration. This ground-breaking new research offers an essential contribution to the field of South Asian Studies, Diaspora Studies, and Society and Culture Studies.