Where Are You From?: Middle-Class Migrants in the Modern World / Edition 1

Where Are You From?: Middle-Class Migrants in the Modern World / Edition 1

by Dhooleka S. Raj
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520233832

ISBN-13: 9780520233836

Pub. Date: 08/25/2003

Publisher: University of California Press

Dhooleka S. Raj explores the complexities of ethnic minority cultural change in this incisive examination of first- and second-generation middle-class South Asian families living in London. Challenging prevalent understandings of ethnicity that equate community, culture, and identity, Raj considers how transnational ethnic minorities are circumscribed by nostalgia for…  See more details below

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Dhooleka S. Raj explores the complexities of ethnic minority cultural change in this incisive examination of first- and second-generation middle-class South Asian families living in London. Challenging prevalent understandings of ethnicity that equate community, culture, and identity, Raj considers how transnational ethnic minorities are circumscribed by nostalgia for culture.
Where Are You From? argues that the nostalgia for culture obscures the complexities of change in migrant minority lives and limits the ways the politics of diversity can be imagined by the nation. Based on ethnographic research with Indian migrants and their children, this book examines how categories of identity, culture, community, and nation are negotiated and often equated.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520233836
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/25/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1Questions of Ethnicity1
2Being Vilayati, Becoming Asian: Keeping up with the Kapurs, the Chawlas, the Kalias, and the Aggarwals in London26
3"I Am From Nowhere": Partition and Being Punjabi53
4Becoming a Hindu Community76
5The Search for a Suitable Boy105
6Becoming British Asian: Intergenerational Negotiations of Racism137
7Being British, Becoming a Person of Indian Origin165
8"Where Are You Originally From?" Multiculturalism, Citizenship, and Transnational Differences184
Glossary211
Notes217
Bibliography239
Index257

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