Women in the Indian Diaspora: Historical Narratives and Contemporary Challenges

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Amba Pande
Springer, Dec 5, 2017 - Social Science - 200 pages

This volume brings into focus a range of emergent issues related to women in the Indian diaspora. The conditions propelling women’s migration and their experiences during the process of migration and settlement have always been different and very specific to them. Standing ‘in-between’ the two worlds of origin and adoption, women tend to experience dialectic tensions between freedom and subjugation, but they often use this space to assert independence, and to redefine their roles and perceptions of self. The central idea in this volume is to understand women’s agency in addressing and redressing the complex issues faced by them; in restructuring the cultural formats of patriarchy and gender relations; managing the emerging conflicts over what is to be transmitted to the following generations,; renegotiating their domestic roles and embracing new professional and educational successes; and adjusting to the institutional structures of the host state. The essays included in the volume discuss women in the Indian diaspora from multidisciplinary perspectives involving social, economic, cultural, and political aspects. Such an effort privileges diasporic women’s experiences and perspectives in the academia and among policy makers.

 

Contents

Redefining Self Between Dislocation and Relocation
1
The Context of Theory and Identity
13
2 Centring Gendered Narratives of the Indian Diaspora
15
Identity Politics of the Indian Women Diaspora in the Fictions of Jhumpa Lahiri
27
Interpreting the Subjectivity of Women in Indian Diaspora Communities
38
Revisiting Historical Narratives
51
An Unequal Metaphor
53
6 The Men Who Controlled Indian WomenIndentureship Patriarchy and Womens Liberation in Trinidad
64
The Joys and Challenges of Being an Indian Woman in America
89
Discover New Identities
105
A Comparative Analysis in the Context of Age Wage and Vintage Premia
119
The Entrepreneurial Self Under Structural Dependency
132
Diasporas Across the World
146
Gender Diaspora and Food in South Africa
147
Gender and Social Dimensions
161
A Narrative of Matriarchy in a Global Diaspora
177

Indentured to Independence
77
The Contemporary Challenges
88
Past and Present
187
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Dr Amba Pande is associated with School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Dr Pande received her PhD from Centre for Southeast Asia and South West Pacific Studies, School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi. Her research interests include Indian Diaspora, International migration and Indo-Pacific. She has also been a visiting faculty/scholar at University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands), University of South Pacific (Fiji), and Otego University (New Zealand). She has done major projects on Indian diaspora with University Grants Commission (UGC) and Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). Dr Pande is a prolific writer and has many publications to her credit in national and international journals. She has been invited to give independent lectures, present papers, be discussant and Chair in a number of national and international seminars and conferences. She is currently working on a book manuscript on Fiji Indians and Diasporic Identities.

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