South Asian Diaspora Narratives

Roots and Routes

  • Amit Sarwal

About this book


This book analyses the metaphysical and poetical notions and the processes of ‘rooting into a culture’ and ‘routing out of a culture’ in the context of South Asian diaspora in Australia. These diasporic narratives are often characterised by bifurcated and dislocated identities that exist in a liminal space, in-between two identities, two cultures, and two histories. Yet, ‘home’ remains, through acts of imagination, remembering and re-creation, an important reference point. The author argues that a clearer notion of politics of location is required to distinguish between the different kinds of ‘dislocation’ the immigrants suffer, both psychologically and sociologically. The diaspora is Australia is an under-studied topic, and this book fills a lacuna in South Asian diaspora studies by analysing and calling upon a wide range of works in this field from historical, anthropological, sociological, cultural, and literary studies. 


South Asian diaspora in Australia multiculturalism in Australia racism and prejudice against migrants migration to Australia post World War II diaspora narratives Hindus and Sikhs in Australia kin networks and social connections of diaspora Australianness home and memory in diaspora narratives

Authors and affiliations

  • Amit Sarwal
    • 1
  1. 1.SBS Hindi Radio, Deakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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