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South Asian Racialization and Belonging after 9/11: Masks of Threat (Paperback)
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South Asian Racialization and Belonging after 9/11: Masks of Threat (Paperback)

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This collection of essays interrogates literary and cultural narratives in the contexts of the incidents following 9/11. The collected essays underscore the new and (re)emerging racial, political, and socio-cultural discourse on identity related to terrorism and identity politics. Specifically, the collection examines South Asian American identities to understand culture, policy making, and the implicit gendered racialization, sexualization, and socio-economic classification of minority identities within the discourse of globalization. The essays included here relocate the discourse of race and cultural studies to an examination of transnational labor diasporas, reopen debate on critical constructions of U.S. racial and cultural formations, and question the reconfiguration of gendered and sexualized discourses of the South Asian diaspora within the context of national security and terrorism. This book provides a multifaceted account of South Asian racialization and belonging by drawing from disciplines across the humanities and the social sciences. The scholars included here employ methods of ethnographic studies as well as literary, culture, film, and feminist analysis to examine a wide range of South Asian cultural sites: novels, short stories, cultural texts, documentaries, and sports. The rich intellectual, theoretical, methodological, and narrative tapestry of South Asians that emerges from this inquiry enables us to trace new patterns of South Asian cultural consumption post-9/11 as well as expand notions and histories of "terror." This volume makes an important contribution to renewing scholarship in the key areas of representations of race, labor, diaspora, class, and culture while implicating that there needs to be a simultaneous and critical dialogue on the scope and reconnections within postcolonial studies.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498538145
Number of pages: 196
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 230 x 151 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
South Asian Racialization and Belonging after 9/11: Masks of Threat is a rich cross-disciplinary and multivoiced work that explores a post 9/11 world in which political and cultural edifices entrenched by imperial discourse have sanctified the convenient "first world-third world" dichotomy. Institutional transnational politics have facilitated the construction of the "third world" subject as an eternally feral being whose essential savagery is not amenable to socio-cultural conditioning. The dissemination of transnational practices in this world, effectively examined in South Asian Racialization and Belonging after 9/11: Masks of Threat, entails the transterritorialization of various socioeconomic, political, and cultural practices and identities that frequently bolster the formation and reconstruction of the nation-state. This collection of essays is a much needed sociological exploration of how transnational politics often emphasize a conception of identity polarized between the "authentic" and the "demonic." -- Nyla Ali Khan, Rose State College
This book is a unique and timely collection that investigates the new racialization of South Asians after 9/11 through the rubric of culture. It complements socio-historical studies of Islamophobia while offering a specific contribution to cultural studies of Brown racialization after 9/11. Above all, this important book brings much-needed visibility to the diversity and resiliency of South Asian lives, far beyond the `model minority' versus `terrorist' dichotomy that fuels state policy and the media gaze. -- Pranav Jani, Ohio State University

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