Pakistani Diasporas: Culture, Conflict, and Change

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When compared to studies of the Indian diaspora, or even in the wider framework of diaspora studies, there is relatively meager research about the Pakistani diaspora. This collection is the first to bring together the extant literature and provide both a historical and contemporary set of accounts. It is primarily about the processes associated with migration and settlement as seen from the receiving end. Even though Roger Ballard and Junaid Rana offer accounts of Pakistan's political economy, it is only in Frances Watkins chapter that migrant voices within Pakistan themselves speak. Even in this chapter their life stories are focused on the impact of migration. Though, given the transnational frame in which many Pakistani diasporic communities live, it is not really possible to solely focus on the place of settlement. Indeed, the shift from migration studies to transnational or diaspora research reflects the empirical reality of a non-linear dynamics inherent in migratory movements. Historically the notion that people move and settle in a sequential and traceable manner has been rightly disputed and the circular nature of migratory movements has come to the fore. Even though the issues that are raised in the majority of the chapters are concerned with adaptation and change in new environments, these are always linked or referenced to a transnational frame.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195476255
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Virinder S. Kalra is an associate professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. He has written extensively on the South Asian diaspora and his doctoral work focused on a group of Kashmiris who had migrated to the U.K. He was co-editor of the book A Postcolonial People: South Asians in Britain.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction Virinder S. Kalra Kalra, Virinder S. 1

Pt. 1 Labour Narratives 15

2 The Political Economy of Migration: Pakistan, Britain, and the Middle East Roger Ballard Ballard, Roger 19

3 Controlling Diaspora: Illegality, 9/11, and Pakistani Labour Migration Junaid Rana Rana, Junaid 43

4 The Myth of Arrival: Pakistanis in Italy Ali Nobil Nobil, Ali 63

5 'God don't kill the traveller, grant their desire that their last breath be at home': An Analysis of Pakhtun Migrants' Tales Francis Watkins Watkins, Francis 83

Pt. 2 Gendered Accounts 101

6 Kinship Obligations, Gender and the Life Course: Re-Writing Migration from Pakistan to Britain Kaveri Harris Harris, Kaveri Alison Shaw Shaw, Alison 105

7 Risk and Ritual: The Protection of British Pakistani Women in Transnational Marriage Katharine Charsley Charsley, Katharine 129

8 'These girls want to get married as well': Normality, Double Deviance and Reintegration amongst British Pakistani Women Marta Bolognani Bolognani, Marta 150

9 Religion, Gender and Identity Construction amongst Pakistanis in Australia Nadeem Malik Malik, Nadeem 167

Pt. 3 Transforming Rituals 185

10 Chains of Migrants: Culture, Value and the Housing Market Pnina Werbner Werbner, Pnina 189

11 Migration - Ritual Attrition or Increased Flexibility? A Case Study of Pakistani Funerals in Norway Cora Alexa Doving Doving, Cora Alexa 212

12 Contesting Muslim Pilgrimage: British-Pakistani Identities, Sacred Journeys to Makkah and Madinah, and the Global Postmodernism Sean McLoughlin McLoughlin, Sean 233

Pt. 4 Shifting Identities 267

13 Multiculturalism, Religion and Identity Munira Mirza Mirza, Munira 273

14Multiculturalism, Islamaphobia and the City Tahir Abbas Abbas, Tahir 285

15 A Socio-economic and Cultural Perspective on Pakistanis in the Netherlands Waqas Butt Butt, Waqas 299

16 Pakistanis in the United States: From Integration to Alienation? Aminah Mohammad-Arif Mohammad-Arif, Aminah 316

Bibliography 335

Notes on Contributors 357

Index 359

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