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Cartographies of Diaspora

Cartographies of Diaspora introduces new ways of thinking about difference', informed by feminism and post-structuralism, and addresses questions of culture, identity and politics. It examines these themes by exploring the intersections of race', gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity, generation and nationalism in different discourses, practices and political contexts. The first three chapters map the emergence of 'Asian' as a racialized category in post-war British popular and political discourse and state practices. It documents Asian cultural and political responses paying particular attention to the role of gender and generation. The remaining six chapters analyzes the debate on difference', diversity', and diaspora' across different sites, but mainly within feminism, anti-racism, and post-structuralism. Cartographies of Diaspora offers an innovative approach to the study of difference' and commonality', exploring and deconstructing questions of identity, culture, and politics. By making theoretical and political links across these debates, it breaks new ground by offering a new conceptual framework to address these issues and concerns. It interrogates and deconstructs the so-called 'mainstream' and offers new insights into integrating issues of gender, 'race', ethnicity, class and sexuality.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Situated Identities/Diasporic Transcription 1. Constructions of the 'Asian' in post-war Britain: Culture, Politics and Identity in Pre-Thatcher Years 2. Unemployment, Gender and Racism 3. Gendered Space: Women of South Asian Descent in 1980s Britain 4. Questions of 'Difference' and Global Feminisms 5. Difference, Diversity, Differentiation 6. 'Race' and Culture in the Gendering of Labour Markets: South Asian Muslim Women and the Labour Market 7. Re-framing Europe: En-gendered Racisms, Ethnicities and Nationalisms in Contemporary Western Europe 8. Diaspora, Border, and Transnational Identities 9. Refiguring the 'Multi': The Politics of Difference, Commonality, and Universalism

About the Author

Avtar Brah teaches at Birkbeck College, University of London.


..." suggests a powerful sociological imagination at work."-"Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

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