Rowman and Littlefield International

Digital Diasporas

Labour, Affect and Technomediation of South Asia

By Radhika Gajjala

Publication Date: Dec 2020

Pages 170

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Technomediation has been a key shaper of identity for bodies in the physical and virtual global space. Using a series of case studies ranging from IT outsourcing to health-care tourism, South Asian Digital Diasporas explores who we become when we enter these technomediated environments with particular bodies, socio-cultural literacies and technical skills.

By looking at the specific placement of South Asian bodies within these spaces as an adaptable, mobile workforce the book examines the mediation of race, affect and labour in a global socio-economic environment. Noting the subalternization of South Asian digital diasporas it highlights the complexities and nuances in the racing of the South Asian body and illuminates the innately unequal power structure of the virtual workspace.

Acknowledgements / Introduction / Part I / 1. Placing South Asian Digital Diasporas in Secondlife / 2. Desi youth hanging out in Digital Diasporas Radhika Gajjala and Yeonju / 3. Whatsappified Diasporas: Affective Circuits - Radhika Gajjala and Tarishi Verma / Part II / 4. Thinking through “Ghar/Bahir” with Sriya Chattopadhyaya, Sarada Nori and Shobha V. / 5. Borders and Boundaries Digital and Street Activism in South Asia - Radhika Gajjala. Tarishi Verma and Riddhima Sharma / 6. Redefinition of spaces and forms of labor in India - Radhika Gajjala and Sneha P / Conclusion / Bibliography / Index / Author Bios

Radhika Gajjala is Professor of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Her previous books include Cyberculture and the Subaltern (Lexington, 2012) and Cyberselves: Feminist Ethnographies of South Asian Women (Altamira, 2004). She has co-edited collections including Cyberfeminism 2.0 (Peter Lang 2012), Global Media Culture and Identity (Routledge 2011), South Asian Technospaces (Peter Lang 2008) and Webbing Cyberfeminist Practice (Hampton Press2008).
She is also a member of the Fembot Collective and FemTechnet and is co-editor of ADA: Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology.

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