Global Indian Diasporas

Exploring Trajectories of Migration and Theory

Edited by Gijsbert Oonk

Global Indian Diasporas

Edited by Gijsbert Oonk

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

366 pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/4
Paper $62.50 ISBN: 9789053560358 Published February 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
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.
1. Global Indian Diasporas: Exploring Trajectories of Migration and Theory
Gijsbert Oonk, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands


2. Multanis and Shikarpuris, Indian Diasporas in Historical Perspective
Scott Levi, University of Louisville, Kentucky, US

3. ‘We Lost our gift of Expression’: Loss of the Mother Tongue among Indians in East Africa, 1880-2000
Gijsbert Oonk, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

4. Contextualizing Diasporic Identity: Implications of Time and Space on Telugu Immigrants
Chandrashekhar Bhat and T.L.S. Bhaskar, University of Hyderabad, India

5.When Muslims Leave…: Muslims In British India and their Migration to and Settlement in Mauritius and Surinam
Ellen Bal, VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff, Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI), Ranchi, India

6. A Chance Diaspora – British Gujarati Hindus
John Mattausch, Royal Holloway University of London, UK 


7. Contested Family Relations and Government Policy: Linkages between Patel Migrants in Britain and IndiaMario Rutten, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Pravin J. Patel, M.S. University of Baroda, India

8. Diaspora Revisited: Second-Generation Nizari Ismaili Muslims of Gujarati Ancestry
Anjoom Amir Mukadam, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Sharmina Mawani, School for Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

9. Bollywood and the Indian Diaspora: Reception of Indian Cinema among Hindustani Youth in the Netherlands
Sanderien Verstappen and Mario Rutten, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

10. Contested Equality: Social Relations between Indian and Surinamese Hindus in Amsterdam
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11. Afterword: Stray Thoughts of a? Historian on “Indian” or “South Asian” “Diaspora (s)”
Claude Markovits, Directeur de Recherche (Senior Research Fellow), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France

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