At Home In Diaspora: South Asian Scholars And The West

At Home In Diaspora: South Asian Scholars And The West

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Item Code: IDE193
Author: Ed. By. Jackie Assayag & Veronique Benei
Publisher: Permanent Black
Language: English
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 9788178240633
Pages: 227
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.7"
Weight 430 gm


From the Jacket:


In the last decade, there has been an increasing internationalization in the structure of research and academic institutions in the West. This has been accompanied by much greater visibility for Third World scholars in locations within the 'developed' world.

The greater presence of these scholars in Western institutions has helped alter the international division of social science labor. This book, comprising a blend of autobiography and intellectual history by some of South Asia's foremost contemporary historians and sociologists, shows that the postcolonial scholar's presence in the West is a phenomenon worth of analysis. In particular, the questions asked here relate to the impact of the intellectual Diaspora on research, both in the West and in South Asia.

While considering nomadic theories in an age of globalization, this book documents the complexities of the relationship between culture, knowledge, and the individual. It highlights the importance of singular as well as collective migrations today, alongside the circulation of lived experiences and knowledge across vast geographical spaces.

In showing how the intervention of scholars of South Asian descent in Western academic institutions has reconstituted the debate on post colonialism, imperialism, globalization, capitalism, and national traditions, this book is quite unusual in being simultaneously entertaining, informative, and thought-provoking about the whole history of South Asia's scholarly transactions with the West.


About the Author:


Jackie Assayag is an anthropologist and Senior Research Fellow (Directeur de recherché) at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, National Center of Scientific Research), affiliated to the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales (EHESS, Paris). He has conducted fieldwork in South India and been Director of the Department of Social Science at the French Institute, Pondicherry.

Veronique Benei is currently teaching at the Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics (LSE). She has published widely in French and English scholarly journals and has co-edited three books, including (with Chris Fuller) The Everyday State and Society in Modern India (2000).




  Acknowledgement vii
  Contributors ix
  Introduction: At Home in Diaspora - South Asia, Europe, and America
Jackie Assayag and Veronique Benei
1 Knowledge, Circulation and Collective Biography
Arjun Appadurai
2 My Place in the Global Republic of Letters
Partha Chatterjee
3 Off-centre: Feminism and South Asian Studies in the Diaspora
Purnima Mankekar
4 Crossing Borders and Boundaries
Vasudha Dalmia
5 Representing Rural India
Akhil Gupta
6 De-ghettoising the Histories of the Non-West
Shahid Amin
7 Journey to the East, by the West
Prasenjit Duara
8 The Location of Scholarship
Gyan Prakash
9 Globalisation, Democratisation and the Evacuation of History?
Dipesh Chakrabarty
10 On the Advantages of Being a Barbarian
Sudipta Kaviraj
11 The Ones Who Stayed Behind
Ramachandra Guha
12 My Brothers' Keeper
Sanjay Subrahmanyam
13 Recasting Women in the Publishing World
Urvashi Butalia

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