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At Home in Diaspora: South Asian Scholars and the West

Veronique Benei (Editor) Jackie Assayag (Editor)
Synopsis In the last decade, there has been an increasing internationalisation 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 labour. 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 worthy 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 globalisation, 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 knowledges across vast geographical spaces. In showing how the intervention of scholars of South Asian descent in Western academic institutions has reconstituted the debate on postcolonialism, imperialism, globalisation, 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.
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About the authors

Veronique Benei

Veronique Benei is eminent French Anthropologist and Scholar who have specialised in South Asian Studies.

Jackie Assayag

Jackie Assayag is Director of Research at the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) and affiliated to EHESS, Paris. He has worked extensively on anthropology, sociology and politics in modern India. He is the author of La colere de la deesse decapitee. Traditions, cultes of pouvoir dans le Sud de I’Inde, L’Inde fabuleuse; L’Inde. Desir de natioin; and the editor of The Resources of History, Tradition, Narration and Nation in South Asia; and coeditor of Alterite et identite. Islam et christianisme en Inde, La possession en Asie du Sud. At Home in Diaspora. South Asian Intellecetuals and the West.

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Bibliographic information

Title At Home in Diaspora: South Asian Scholars and the West
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Permanent Black
Language: English
isbn 9788178241678
length x+207p., References; 22cm.