Ravindra Jain’s empirical studies in Indian Transmigrants radiate from the vicissitudes of migrants from India to Malaysia on to those in the Caribbean and further on to Australia.
The spectrum of globalization in our times necessitates comparisons over still larger territories; therefore, while focusing on particular Indian transmigrants, East and West, Jain’s perspective encompasses the entire field of the modern Indian diaspora.
As a pioneering and singularly wide-ranging narrative of the diaspora, based primarily on the author’s fieldwork, this book unravels facets of socio-cultural pluralism, hybridization, ethnic movements, politico-economic mobility and global modernity over a vast territory. The rich ethnographic detail is interleaved throughout with acute analysis and interpretation. The methodology adopted here invites comparisons over a still wider terrain and is therefore of immense relevance to all students of globalization, international migration, socio-cultural transformation and political economy in the new millennium, with special reference to the Asia-Pacific region.
2 Tamilian Labour and Malayan Plantations, 1840–1938
3 Malaysian Multiculturalism and Indian Diaspora
4 Tamils on the Plantation Frontier in Malaysia Revisited, 1998-99
5 Overseas Indians in Malaysia and the Caribbean
6 Culture, Class and Mobility among Transmigrants: A Comparative Exercise
7 Electronic Media in Contemporary India and its Diaspora
8 Summary and Conclusion
Ravindra K. Jain was educated at Lucknow University and the Australian National University, Canberra, and taught social anthropology and sociology at Oxford (1966-74) and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (1975-2002) besides holding research and teaching positions in many other parts of the world.
His major publications include: South Indians on the Plantation Frontier in Malaya, 1970; (Editor); Text and Context: The Social Anthropology of Tradition, 1977; Indian Communities Abroad: Themes and Literature, 1993; The Universe as Audience: Metaphor and Community among the Jains of North India, 1999; Between History and Legend: Status and Power in Bundelkhand, 2002.
Ravindra K. Jain
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