Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities (Gender, by Avtar Brah

By Avtar Brah

By way of addressing questions of tradition, identification and politics, Cartographies of Diaspora throws new gentle on discussions approximately `difference' and `diversity', educated through feminism and post-structuralism. It examines those subject matters by means of exploring the intersections of `race', gender, classification, sexuality, ethnicity, iteration and nationalism in numerous discourses, practices and political contexts. the 1st 3 chapters map the emergence of `Asian' as a racialized type in post-war British well known and political discourse and country practices. It records Asian cultural and political responses paying specific recognition to the position of gender and iteration. the rest six chapters examine the talk on `difference', `diversity' and `diaspora' throughout varied websites, yet often inside of feminism, anti-racism, and post-structuralism.

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Overnight, a villager from the sub-continent arriving at Heathrow would be faced with the requirements of an urban, industrial society. The innumerable adjustments which this migrant had to make in day-to-day life often went unnoticed by the media or the white population, who were likely to characterise such a person as ‘culturally encapsulated’—as if ‘culture’ was something entirely separate from lived experience. In general the migrants faced up to their new circumstances with stoicism and a pragmatic attitude.

Among other activities, they organised ‘cultural evenings’ to which everyone in the community would be invited. But the type of Asian who could socialise with ease in these situations was typically one who could speak English. A number of these Englishspeaking Asians would be coopted as members of the executive committees of these councils. Many of them later became spokespersons for their respective communities and were often referred to as the ‘leaders’ of these communities. In contrast, contact between the Asians in manual occupations and the white population was generally limited to the workplace.

There is no doubt that they had suffered massive losses in their business activities. But their investments were not confined to Uganda, so the likes of the Madhvanis and the Mehtas simply moved their operations elsewhere. Similarly, the more prosperous sections of the petty bourgeoisie also had some savings transferred abroad. They, too, were able to establish themselves relatively quickly. But the majority of the refugees—the small shopkeepers with all their capital tied up in Uganda, the salaried THE ASIAN’ IN POST-WAR BRITAIN 35 professionals and the workers—had lost everything and had to start from scratch.

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