© 2021

Anglo-Indian Identity

Past and Present, in India and the Diaspora

  • Robyn Andrews
  • Merin Simi Raj
  • Brings together leading scholars in Anglo-Indian Studies from India and the diaspora to represent the global scholarly community

  • Contributes to new theoretical directions in Identity Studies, exploring Anglo-Indianness in terms of other hybrid or fluid identities

  • Interweaves historic and contemporary issues, media representations and autoethnographies, and methodological and theoretical work for a holistic view at the field

Palgrave Macmillan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Merin Simi Raj, Robyn Andrews
    Pages 1-13
  3. Identities: Historical

  4. Identities in Contemporary India

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
  5. Diasporic Identities

  6. Gendered Identities

  7. Identities in the Arts: Literature, Film and Performance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-321

About this book


Revisionist in approach, global in scope, and a seminal contribution to scholarship, this original and thought-provoking book critiques traditional notions about Anglo-Indians, a mixed descent minority community from India. It interrogates traditional notions about Anglo-Indian identity from a range of disciplines, perspectives and locations. This work situates itself as a transnational intermediary, identifying convergences and bridging scholarship on Anglo-Indian studies in India and the diaspora. Anglo-Indian identity is presented as hybridised and fluid and is seen as being representative, performative, affective and experiential through different interpretative theoretical frameworks and methodologies. Uniquely, this book is an international collaborative effort by leading scholars in Anglo-Indian Studies, and examines the community in India and diverse diasporic locations such as New Zealand, Britain, Australia, Pakistan and Burma.


mixed-race identity historiography autoethnography postcolonialism gender identity media representation hybrid identity Indian independence

Editors and affiliations

  • Robyn Andrews
    • 1
  • Merin Simi Raj
    • 2
  1. 1.Social Anthropology ProgrammeMassey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand
  2. 2.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesIndian Institute of Technology MadrasChennaiIndia

About the editors

Robyn Andrews is Senior Lecturer in the Social Anthropology Programme at Massey University, New Zealand. She published Christmas in Calcutta: Anglo-Indian Stories and Essays (2014) and writes articles and book chapters for both academic and community publications. She is an editor of the International Journal of Anglo-Indian Studies.

Merin Simi Raj (PhD, IIT Bombay) is Assistant Professor in English at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Faculty Coordinator, Memory Studies Research Network IIT Madras (along with Dr Avishek Parui). She also works on Historiography studies and Digital Humanities, and recently completed a project on the Anglo-Indian community. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Anglo-Indian Identity
  • Book Subtitle Past and Present, in India and the Diaspora
  • Editors Robyn Andrews
    Merin Simi Raj
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-64457-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-64460-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-64458-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 439
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethnicity, Class, Gender and Crime
    Social Anthropology
    Media and Communication