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The diasporic imaginary and the Indian diaspora

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Show simple item record Mishra, Vijay 2015-04-13T00:55:23Z 2015-04-13T00:55:23Z 2005 2005
dc.description.abstract “All diasporas are unhappy, but every diaspora is unhappy in its own way” (Mishra 1996: 189). Diasporas refer to people who do not feel comfortable with their non-hyphenated identities as indicated on their passports. Diasporas are people who would want to explore the meaning of the hyphen, but perhaps not press the hyphen too far for fear that this would lead to massive communal schizophrenia. They are precariously lodged within an episteme of real or imagined displacements, self-imposed sense of exile; they are haunted by spectres, by ghosts arising from within that encourage irredentist or separatist movements. Diasporas are both celebrated (by late/post modernity) and maligned (by early modernity). But we need to be a little cautious, a little wary of either position. Celebrating diasporas as the exemplary condition of late modernity – diasporas as highly democratic communities for whom domination and territoriality are not the preconditions of “nationhood” – is a not uncommon refrain. In the late modern celebratory argument on behalf of diasporas, diasporic communities are said to occupy a border zone where the most vibrant kinds of interactions take place and where ethnicity and nation are kept separate. In this argument, diasporas are fluid, ideal, social formations happy to live wherever there is an international airport and stand for a longer, much admired, historical process. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries Asian Studies Institute occasional lecture en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries No. 2 en_NZ
dc.subject East Indian diaspora en_NZ
dc.subject Mass media and minorities en_NZ
dc.subject ethnicity en_NZ
dc.title The diasporic imaginary and the Indian diaspora en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Languages and Cultures en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Working or Occasional Paper en_NZ

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