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South Asian Politics and the Politics of Being South Asian: (Re)Conceptualizing South Asian Diasporic Organizing in the U.S.

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dc.contributor.advisor Mani, Bakirathi
dc.contributor.advisor Nadkarni, Maya
dc.contributor.author Wijeyeratne, Sasha
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-02T19:09:30Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-02T19:09:30Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/8410
dc.description.abstract This simple question: "so, why are you going?" makes visible two of the key themes from which this project was imagined. The first is a question of South Asian identity – what does it mean to identify as South Asian? Is South Asian merely a racial category in the U.S.? The second is a question of politics. How is South Asian tied to politics? Is South Asian a term invested with political meaning? What kinds of organizing happen under and through this term? Through this thesis, the author argues that South Asian identity in the U.S. cannot simply be understood as a racial category, but rather is a term with multiple meanings. This paper interrogates South Asian as a racial and political construct through the lens of self-identified progressive South Asian organizers-largely young, queer, non-male, and 1.5 and 2nd generation-and organizations. This thesis focuses on what it means for these organizers to belong-or to not belong-to South Asian spaces, as well as on the modalities of organizing that are engaged in these spaces.
dc.description.sponsorship Swarthmore College. Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.rights Full copyright to this work is retained by the student author. It may only be used for non-commercial, research, and educational purposes. All other uses are restricted.
dc.subject.lcsh Identity politics
dc.subject.lcsh South Asians -- Ethnic identity
dc.title South Asian Politics and the Politics of Being South Asian: (Re)Conceptualizing South Asian Diasporic Organizing in the U.S. en
dc.type Thesis (B.A.)


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