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ADVERSITY TO ADVANTAGE: THE SAGA OF PEOPLE OF INDIAN ORIGIN IN SOUTH AFRICA

ANAND SINGH (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa), RAVINDRA K. JAIN (Chairman, Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists) AND SHOBHITA JAIN (Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi)

2010 • Pages: 186 • Size: 180x240 • ISBN 81-85264-56-2 •

Binding: Hard • Price: US $ 75/- Rs. 1450/-

(Special Volume of Journal of Social Sciences No.11)

CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES ON GLOBALISATION AND MIGRATION

The common theme of this volume is the understanding of rich and varied contemporary socio-cultural and politico-economic processes among Indian South Africans set against the historical and comparative backdrop of global diaspora of PIOs and other ethnic groups. Substantive comparisons show the processes of interstitial mobility among Indian transmigrants to South Africa, questions of Indian religious identity in Malaysia, and political successes combined with ethnic and sub-ethnic tensions in Mauritius. Comparisons could further be made with forces behind the inter-ethnic imbroglio in Fiji, and gradual and creative creolization in Trinidad. The much longer socio-cultural history of the PIOs - contrary to the popularly sketched ‘backward ‘ profile of the old Indian diaspora as compared with the celebratory picture of the NRI frontiersmen - presents a balanced and all-round growth of these communities. The focus on communities as open systems means that our characterization of the situation of the PIOs is as an ongoing process rather than a finished product. In other words, the dynamics portrayed in these essays will unfold in certain expected and unexpected ways in the future.

CONTENTS

Editorial

Preamble

List of Contributors

  1. Goolam Vahed and Ashwin Desai • Identity and Belonging in post-Apartheid South Africa: The Case of Indian South Africans
  2. Chandrashekhar Bhat and K. Laxmi Narayan • Indian Diaspora, Globalization and Transnational Networks: The South African Context
  3. Kamala Ganesh • From Subservience to Individualism among the Hindus Beyond Historical Origins: Negotiating Tamilness in South Africa
  4. Anand Singh and Nadene Harisunker • Women in Durban, South Africa: Family and Marriage as Anchorage for Change
  5. Shobhita Jain • Transmigrant Indian Women: Creators of Diasporic Spaces
  6. Gerelene Jagganath • The Return Migration of Indian Women in Durban, Kwazulu – Natal
  7. Kalpana Hiralalm • Rethinking Gender and Agency in the Satyagraha Movement of 1913
  8. Shanta Balgobind Singh • “In Search of Roots”: A Case Study of the Life of Mr. Thelochan Balgobind
  9. Chaitali Das • Resilience, Risk and Protective Factors for British-Indian Children of Divorce
  10. Sadhana Manik • The Migration of Indian Teachers from KwaZulu Natal, South Africa to the United Kingdom: Escaping Adverse Leadership and Management
  11. Amenah Jahangeer-Chojoo • From Minority to Mainstream Politics: The Case of Mauritian Muslims
  12. Savinder Kaur Gill and Nirmala Devi Gopal • Understanding Indian Religious Practice in Malaysia
  13. Karen L Harris • Sugar and Gold: Indentured Indian and Chinese Labour in South Africa
  14. R. Sathiparsad, M. Taylor and H. De Vries • Masculine Identity and HIV Prevention among Male Youth in South Africa
  15. Vivian Besem Ojong and Janet Muthoni Muthuki • Empowerment or Reconstituted Subordination? Interrogating the Dynamics of Gender Identities in the Lives of Professional African Migrant Women in South Africa

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