Rowman and Littlefield International
Theoretical work in diaspora studies often concludes that nostalgia must be an idealizing, conservative form of memory so it has been marginalized within the field in favour of hybridity. But what radical possibilities might exist in the construction of coherent and fixed forms of diasporic identity?

Homemaking: Radical Nostalgia and the Construction of a South Asian Diaspora examines diasporic life in south Asian communities in the US and the UK to map the ways in which members of these communities use nostalgia to construct distinctive identities. The book looks at literature, television and film, food, virtual spaces, and the built environment and uses a mixture of methodological approaches, including ethnography, archival work, and intertextual scholarship to offer an interdisciplinary approach to the construction of identity through nostalgia.

It argues that, in the context of enforced assimilation on the part of the post-imperial nation-state, the nostalgic hanging-on to an imaginary version of one’s own identity can be seen to be radical. It argues that this illustrates how nostalgia can serve as a powerful form of counter-hegemony.
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Introduction: Nostalgia and the Articulation of Radical Diasporic Identity/1 Food and Identity Construction/ 2 Constructions of Homeland in Television and Bollywood/ 3 Mobilizing Nostalgia in Virtual Spaces/ 4 Public-Private Spaces/ 5 Spaces of Worship/ 6 Memorials and Post-Colonial Nostalgia/ 7 Narratives of Real and Imaginary Returnings / Conclusion/ Works Cited/ Index
Anindya Raychaudhuri is British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of St Andrews. His research interests include postcolonial and Marxist theory, and the collective memory and cultural representation of war and conflict. He is currently researching memory narratives of the 1947 Indian/Pakistani Partition. His doctoral research focussed on representations of gender and memory in the narratives of the Spanish Civil War. He is the editor of ‘Spanish Civil War: Exhuming a Buried Past’ (University of Wales Press, 2013) and his work has been published in several journals including Social Semiotics, Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, Word and Text and Assuming Gender.

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