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The Resource Mobilizing India : women, music, and migration between India and Trinidad, Tejaswini Niranjana

Mobilizing India : women, music, and migration between India and Trinidad, Tejaswini Niranjana

Label
Mobilizing India : women, music, and migration between India and Trinidad
Title
Mobilizing India
Title remainder
women, music, and migration between India and Trinidad
Statement of responsibility
Tejaswini Niranjana
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Descendants of indentured laborers brought from India to the Caribbean between 1845 and 1917 comprise more than forty percent of Trinidad's population today. While many Indo-Trinidadians identify themselves as Indian, what "Indian" signifies--about nationalism, gender, culture, caste, race, and religion--in the Caribbean is different from what it means on the subcontinent. Yet the ways that "Indianness" is conceived of and performed in India and in Trinidad have historically been, and remain, intimately related. Offering an innovative analysis of how ideas of Indian identity negotiated within the Indian diaspora in Trinidad affect cultural identities "back home," Tejaswini Niranjana models a necessary project: comparative research across the global South, scholarship that decenters the "first world" West as the referent against which postcolonial subjects understand themselves and are understood by others. Niranjana draws on nineteenth-century travel narratives, anthropological and historical studies of Trinidad, Hindi film music, and the lyrics, performance, and reception of chutney-soca and calypso songs to argue that perceptions of Indian female sexuality in Trinidad have long been central to the formation and disruption of dominant narratives of nationhood, modernity, and normative sexuality in India. She illuminates debates in India about "the woman question" as they played out in the early-twentieth-century campaign against indentured servitude in the tropics. In so doing, she reveals India's disavowal of the indentured woman--viewed as morally depraved by her forced labor in Trinidad--as central to its own anticolonial struggle. Turning to the present, Niranjana looks to Trinidad's most dynamic site of cultural negotiation: popular music. She describes how contested ideas of Indian femininity are staged by contemporary Trinidadian musicians--male and female, of both Indian and African descent--in genres ranging from new hybrids like chutney-soca to the older but still vibrant music of Afro-Caribbean calypso."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Niranjana, Tejaswini
Dewey number
305.48/891411072983
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ1525.7
LC item number
.N57 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women
  • Women singers
  • Gender identity
  • East Indians
  • Women, East Indian
  • Women, East Indian
  • Women, East Indian
Label
Mobilizing India : women, music, and migration between India and Trinidad, Tejaswini Niranjana
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [253]-265) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • "Suku Suku what shall I do?" : Hindi cinema and the politics of music
  • Afterword : a semi-lime
  • 1.
  • "The Indian in me" : studying the subaltern diaspora
  • 2.
  • "Left to the imagination" : Indian nationalism and female sexuality
  • 3.
  • "Take a little chutney, add a touch of Kaiso" : the body in the voice
  • 4.
  • Jumping out of time : the "Indian" in Calypso
Control code
64585850
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 271 pages
Isbn
9780822338420
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006007730
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 9780822338284
  • 9780822338420
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Mobilizing India : women, music, and migration between India and Trinidad, Tejaswini Niranjana
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [253]-265) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • "Suku Suku what shall I do?" : Hindi cinema and the politics of music
  • Afterword : a semi-lime
  • 1.
  • "The Indian in me" : studying the subaltern diaspora
  • 2.
  • "Left to the imagination" : Indian nationalism and female sexuality
  • 3.
  • "Take a little chutney, add a touch of Kaiso" : the body in the voice
  • 4.
  • Jumping out of time : the "Indian" in Calypso
Control code
64585850
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 271 pages
Isbn
9780822338420
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006007730
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 9780822338284
  • 9780822338420
Other physical details
illustrations

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