Sikhs Across Borders: Transnational Practices of European Sikhs

Sikhs Across Borders: Transnational Practices of European Sikhs

by Knut A. Jacobsen
     
 

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Sikhs Across Borders is the first study to explore patterns of transnational practices among European Sikhs, with particular focus on the links between the Sikhs in Europe, Punjab (the 'home-land') and within a global Sikh community. The book illustrates how local and transnational spheres coexist and interact in a multitude of social and cultural practices

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Sikhs Across Borders is the first study to explore patterns of transnational practices among European Sikhs, with particular focus on the links between the Sikhs in Europe, Punjab (the 'home-land') and within a global Sikh community. The book illustrates how local and transnational spheres coexist and interact in a multitude of social and cultural practices and discourses among European Sikhs past and present.

Based on new empirical research Sikhs Across Borders book explores how religion continues to play a significant role in the daily lives of European Sikhs and is important for their maintenance of links with the homeland, as well as Sikhs in other parts of the world. The team of international contributors show how Sikhs are shaping new self-representations and identity constructions through a multitude of transnational practices on the individual, national and global level, such as marriages, pilgrimage narratives, and the use of the internet and new media. Further transnational practices examined include religious learning and teaching practices and responses to political events in the diaspora.

Editorial Reviews

Himadri Banerjee

Enriched by the contribution of a new generation of scholars from different disciplines of social sciences, the volume suggests how Sikh Studies continually incorporates new frontiers of academic enquiry and appeals to the interest of scholars of migration studies, demographers, students of economic development and researchers on social mobilization.
Eleanor Nesbitt

The internet, pilgrimage, religious controversies, kinship networks, Sikh soldiers in World War 1 - these are just some of the subjects addressed in a work that very accessibly presents fine scholarship from seasoned specialists and younger scholars in Sikh Studies. Research in specific fields and European national contexts is excellently set in wider historical and geographical contexts. This volume will be important to teachers and students of religious and diaspora studies from a range of disciplines.
Michael Hawley

Sikhs Across Borders illuminates a multitude of ways that Sikhs have sought to represent themselves across the varied geo-cultural landscape that is Europe. Moving beyond simply migration history, Sikhs Across Borders offers a diverse collection of essays that are both theoretically grounded and rich int heir substantive content.The essays in this volume are engaging in their presentation, and contain a wealth of empirical data making them valuable resources for future scholarship in the area. Jacobsen and Myrvold have produced what is sure to become required reading for those interested int his newly emerging and rapidly growing area of study.
Gurinder Singh Mann

'he book offers empirically based case studies on Sikhs living in different regions of Europe. A pioneering effort in examining the history of establishment of the serecent communities, the book would serve as a major building block for the emerging sub-field of Sikhs in Europe.
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“The internet, pilgrimage, religious controversies, kinship networks, Sikh soldiers in World War 1 - these are just some of the subjects addressed in a work that very accessibly presents fine scholarship from seasoned specialists and younger scholars in Sikh Studies. Research in specific fields and European national contexts is excellently set in wider historical and geographical contexts. This volume will be important to teachers and students of religious and diaspora studies from a range of disciplines.” —Eleanor Nesbitt, Professor Emerita at the University of Warwick, UK.

“Enriched by the contribution of a new generation of scholars from different disciplines of social sciences, the volume suggests how Sikh Studies continually incorporates new frontiers of academic enquiry and appeals to the interest of scholars of migration studies, demographers, students of economic development and researchers on social mobilization.” —Himadri Banerjee, Department of History, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

Sikhs Across Borders illuminates a multitude of ways that Sikhs have sought to represent themselves across the varied geo-cultural landscape that is Europe. Moving beyond simply migration history, Sikhs Across Borders offers a diverse collection of essays that are both theoretically grounded and rich int heir substantive content.The essays in this volume are engaging in their presentation, and contain a wealth of empirical data making them valuable resources for future scholarship in the area. Jacobsen and Myrvold have produced what is sure to become required reading for those interested int his newly emerging and rapidly growing area of study.” —Michael Hawley, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Mount Royal University, Canada

“'he book offers empirically based case studies on Sikhs living in different regions of Europe. A pioneering effort in examining the history of establishment of the serecent communities, the book would serve as a major building block for the emerging sub-field of Sikhs in Europe.” —Gurinder Singh Mann, Professor of Sikh Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472529978
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
03/27/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Knut A. Jacobsen is Professor of History of Religions at the University of Bergen, Norway.
Kristina Myrvold is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Linnaeus University, Sweden.

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