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

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520233836
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/25/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Dhooleka S. Raj is a Visiting Scholar in Women's Studies at Harvard University. She was formerly a Fellow at the Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and Smuts-Hinduja Fellow at the Center for South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1 Questions of Ethnicity 1
2 Being Vilayati, Becoming Asian: Keeping up with the Kapurs, the Chawlas, the Kalias, and the Aggarwals in London 26
3 "I Am From Nowhere": Partition and Being Punjabi 53
4 Becoming a Hindu Community 76
5 The Search for a Suitable Boy 105
6 Becoming British Asian: Intergenerational Negotiations of Racism 137
7 Being British, Becoming a Person of Indian Origin 165
8 "Where Are You Originally From?" Multiculturalism, Citizenship, and Transnational Differences 184
Glossary 211
Notes 217
Bibliography 239
Index 257
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