Domicile and Diaspora: Anglo-Indian Women and the Spatial Politics of Home (RGS-IBG Book Series)
By: Alison Blunt (author)Hardback
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"Domicile and Diaspora" investigates geographies of home and identity for Anglo-Indian women in the 50 years before and after Indian independence in 1947. This is the first book to study the Anglo-Indian community past and present, in India, Britain and Australia. This is the first book by a geographer to focus on a community of mixed descent. It draws on interviews and focus groups with over 150 Anglo-Indians, as well as archival research. It makes distinctive contribution to debates about home, identity, hybridity, migration and diaspora.
Alison Blunt is Reader in Geography at Queen Mary, University of London. She is the author of Travel, Gender and Imperialism (1994), the co-author of Dissident Geographies (2000), and the co-editor of Writing Women and Space (1994), Postcolonial Geographies (2002) and Cultural Geography in Practice (2003). She was awarded the Gill Memorial Award by the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers in 2002 and a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2003.
List of Figures.Series Editors' Preface.Acknowledgements.1 Domicile and Diaspora: An Introduction.Domicile.Diaspora.Home, Memory and Nostalgia.Methodology.Chapter Outline.2 At Home in British India: Imperial Domesticity and National Identity.Imperial Domesticity.Nationalist Domesticity.Domicile and Domesticity.'Land of our Mothers'.Home, Identity and Nationality.Conclusions.3 Home, Community and Nation: Domesticating Identity and Embodying Modernity.Domesticating Identity.Embodying Modernity.Domestic Transgression.Home, Community and Nation.Conclusions.4 Colonization and Settlement: Anglo-Indian Homelands.Homelands and Settlements.Anglo-Indian Colonization and Settlement.Colonizing McCluskieganj.Anglo-Indian Home-making.Dreams of the Future.McCluskieganj Today.Conclusions.5 Independence and Decolonization: Anglo-Indian Resettlement in Britain.Migration and Resettlement.Britishness, Whiteness and Mixed Descent.Documenting Paternity and Recolonizing Identity.Unsettled Domesticity.Embodied Identities and the Limits of Familiarity.Conclusions.6 Mixed Descent, Migration and Multiculturalism: Anglo-Indians in Australia since 1947.Anglo-Indians in White Australia.HMAS Manoora.Anglo-Indian Migration in the Wake of HMAS Manoora.From 'Race' to 'Culture'.From White Australia to Multiculturalism.Anglo-Indians in Multicultural Australia.Conclusions.7 At Home in Independent India: Post-Imperial Domesticity and National Identity.Staying on in India.Nationality and Community.Anglo-Indian Women in Independent India.Dress.Home and Work.Marriage.Conclusions.8 Domicile and Diaspora: Conclusions.Bibliography.Appendix 1 Archival Sources.Appendix 2 Interviews and Focus Groups.Notes.Bibliography.Index
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