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New Cosmopolitanisms
South Asians in the US
Edited by Gita Rajan and Shailja Sharma


192 pages.

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Hardcover ISBN: 9780804752800
Ebook ISBN: 9780804767842


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This book offers an in-depth look at the ways in which technology, travel, and globalization have altered traditional patterns of immigration for South Asians who live and work in the United States, and explains how their popular cultural practices and aesthetic desires are fulfilled. They are presented as the twenty-first century’s “new cosmopolitans”: flexible enough to adjust to globalization’s economic, political, and cultural imperatives. They are thus uniquely adaptable to the mainstream cultures of the United States, but also vulnerable in a period when nationalism and security have become tools to maintain traditional power relations in a changing world.

About the authors

Gita Rajan is James Watson Irwin Visiting Professor of Women's Studies at Hamilton College and Associate Professor at Fairfield University. Shailja Sharma is Associate Professor of English at DePaul University.