Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities

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Psychology Press, 1996 - Social Science - 276 pages
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Culture, politics, subjectivity and identity are highly contested in contemporary debates. Cartographies of Diaspora throws light on these debates by exploring the intersections of 'race', gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity, generation and nationalism in different discourses, practices and political contexts.
Cartographies of Diaspora provides an innovative theoretical framework for the study of 'difference', 'diversity' and 'commonality' which links them to the analyses of 'diaspora', 'border' and 'location'. In relating these questions to contemporary migrations of people, capital and cultures, it offers fresh insights into thinking about late twentieth-century social and cultural formations. It will be essential reading to students of sociology, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, 'race' and ethnic studies, women's studies and anthropology, and will also appeal to teachers, youth and community workers and social workers.
 

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Contents

Constructions of the Asian in postwar Britain Culture politics and identity in the preThatcher years
17
COMING TO VILAYAT 1950s TO EARLY 1960s
21
A HOME AWAY FROM HOME 1960s TO EARLY 1970s
25
HERE TO STAY MID1970s TO EARLY 1980s
37
Unemployment gender and racism Asian youth on the dole
49
ASIAN BUSINESS ACTIVITY AND THE YOUNG UNEMPLOYED
50
UNEMPLOYMENT RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION
52
THE PROBLEM OF LONGTERM UNEMPLOYMENT
53
CONTINGENT POSITIONALITY
149
NOTE
150
Reframing Europe Gendered racisms ethnicities and nationalisms in contemporary Western Europe
152
A PROBLEM OF DEFINITION?
154
NATIONALISM RACISM ETHNICITY AND GENDER
158
RETHINKING THE NEW EUROPE
165
WHICH WAY ETHNICITY?
174
Diaspora border and transnational identities
178

THE LOSS OF AN INCOME
54
EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR WHAT?
61
NOTES
66
Gendered spaces Women of South Asian descent in 1980s Britain
67
ASIAN WOMEN AND PAID WORK
69
PATRIARCHAL RACISM CULTURE AND FAMILY
72
SCHOOLING AND ASIAN GIRLS
79
ASIAN WOMEN ORGANISING
81
Questions of difference and global feminisms
84
NOTES
94
Difference diversity differentiation
95
WHATS IN A NAME? WHATS IN A COLOUR?
96
IS SISTERHOOD GLOBAL?
102
DIFFERENCE WHAT DIFFERENCE?
115
Race and culture in the gendering of labour markets Young South Asian Muslim women and the labour market
128
FRAMING LABOUR MARKETS
130
NARRATING SELF AND THE REST
138
THINKING THROUGH THE CONCEPT OF DIASPORA
181
DIASPORA AND MINORITY
186
THE HOMING OF DIASPORA THE DIASPORISING OF HOME
190
THE LOCAL AND THE GLOBAL OF DIASPORA
195
WHITHER DIASPORA?
196
THINKING THROUGH BORDERS
198
BORDER DIASPORA AND THE POLITICS OF LOCATION
204
DIASPORA SPACE AND THE CREOLISATION OF THEORY
208
Refiguring the multi The politics of difference commonalty and universalism
211
MULTIPLE CONTESTATIONS
215
MARGIN OR CENTRE? THE PROBLEM OF EUROCENTRICITY
220
MULTICULTURALISMS?
227
CULTURAL DIFFERENCE AND ETHNICITY
234
DIFFERENCE DIASPORA SPACE AND THE REFIGURATION OF MULTI
241
Bibliography
249
Index
264
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Avtar Brah teaches at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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