Centring gendered narratives of the Indian diaspora

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Coupled with the assumption that diaspora etymologically associates geographical movement with male agency, this study examines the multiple ways in which gender has hitherto remained marginal to the narratives of a diaspora. Studies on the Indian Diaspora have often shown that women have not, traditionally, been active agents, and that the decision of moving is often a male one. This privileges the male narrative at the expense of numerous, undocumented narratives of women who have travelled, forcibly or otherwise, to different parts of the world over the course of the last three centuries. This study investigates existing scholarship on gender and diaspora, focussing on the lacunae of studies on socially disadvantaged women outside the first world. Tracing the rise in diaspora studies over the last three decades, it underlines the manifold ways in which research on the diaspora has been determined by class, thus often rendering invisible a number of women, who add to the national economy by working in the Middle East, and focusing, only briefly, on them as victims of exploitation-as suggested by the mainstream media and government officials. This study calls for a more dynamic approach to the migration of women within the Indian context as it is incorporated into the framework of diaspora studies, centring the various layers of the gendered migrant experience and then moving on-beyond the binaries of the narratives of the victims.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen in the Indian Diaspora
Subtitle of host publicationHistorical Narratives and Contemporary Challenges
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Pages15-26
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789811059513
ISBN (Print)9789811059506
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 5 2017

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narrative
gender
national economy
Indian Diaspora
Diaspora
Middle East
privilege
exploitation
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migration
experience

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Mehta, S. R. (2017). Centring gendered narratives of the Indian diaspora. In Women in the Indian Diaspora: Historical Narratives and Contemporary Challenges (pp. 15-26). Springer Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-5951-3_2

Centring gendered narratives of the Indian diaspora. / Mehta, Sandhya Rao.

Women in the Indian Diaspora: Historical Narratives and Contemporary Challenges. Springer Singapore, 2017. p. 15-26.

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Mehta, SR 2017, Centring gendered narratives of the Indian diaspora. in Women in the Indian Diaspora: Historical Narratives and Contemporary Challenges. Springer Singapore, pp. 15-26. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-5951-3_2
Mehta SR. Centring gendered narratives of the Indian diaspora. In Women in the Indian Diaspora: Historical Narratives and Contemporary Challenges. Springer Singapore. 2017. p. 15-26 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-5951-3_2
Mehta, Sandhya Rao. / Centring gendered narratives of the Indian diaspora. Women in the Indian Diaspora: Historical Narratives and Contemporary Challenges. Springer Singapore, 2017. pp. 15-26
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