Globalisation, Diaspora and Belonging
The term 'identity' has become fashionable, both inside and outside the sphere of academia. It has evolved so that it incorporates both a means of talking about individuality, community, and cohesion, as well as a way to comprehend the interaction between one's experiences of the world and the cultural and historical spheres in which those perceptions are formed. The notion of 'belonging' is complex in nature and the need to belong is a necessity for individuals in society. The creation of a sense of belonging is a multifaceted dynamic process that does not require an individual to select one solitary group to which they may belong. It is through the processes associated with achieving a sense of belonging that individuals shape their identities. This collection focuses upon the experiences of the Gujaratis, an ethnic group in India. The book highlights the unique ways that globalization, migration, language, culture, and 'othering' shape perceptions of belonging. To capture some of the complexities that characterize Gujarati identities, the book is categorized thematically into three sections: (1) Globalization and Migration, (2) Language and Culture, and (3) Inclusion and Exclusion. Each chapter is richly illustrated with excerpts from interviews and narratives from Gujaratis who are attempting to belong and find acceptance in a variety of settings around the world, including Australia, Canada, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Oman, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Zanzibar. The book offers an insightful perspective that provides readers with a comprehensive overview of historical and contemporary issues surrounding notions of Gujarati identity.
Publication Date: 3/1/2014
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