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Colonial Visions, Postcolonial Revisions: Images of the Indian Diaspora in Malaysia
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Colonial Visions, Postcolonial Revisions: Images of the Indian Diaspora in Malaysia (Hardback)

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This book offers reflections of the representations of the Indian diaspora of Malaysia according to two spectrums, colonial and postcolonial. It takes seed from the belief that any engagement with the Indian diasporic experience in Malaysia must take into account the role of the pioneer Indian immigrants who carved the niche of existence for the overseas Indian on Malayan soil. It begins by tracing their presence within the terrain of colonial narratives to uncover, not only the ways in which they were subordinated to colonial ideological discourses but also, and more significantly, the suppressed story of coolie resistance that lies under the weight of such masks of conquest. It then moves on to show how postcolonial revisioning is able to reconstruct the Indian immigrants of Malaya as choreographers of the diasporic identity that they have left as the most significant legacy for contemporary Malaysian Indians. This book ultimately reveals the politics of Malaysian Indian identity from colonised to globalised grounds, and the ways in which the subaltern spaces of the former can be reclaimed and reterritorialised in the latter.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsColonialism & imperialismHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsNational liberation & independence, post-colonialismPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologySocial & cultural anthropologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsEthnic studiesEthnic minorities & multicultural studies Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Publication Date: 01/05/2007 ISBN-13: 9781847181749  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Shanthini Pillai is a senior lecturer at the School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Malaysia. She holds a PhD in Literary Studies from the National University of Singapore. Her main teaching areas are Literary Theory and Literatures from postcolonial societies. Shanthini has been largely interested in research in the field of Diaspora, Subalternity and Resistance with a specific focus on Postcoloniality and the possibilities and problematics of identity formation as a result of migration. She has published widely on this subject and her articles have appeared in a selection of international journals and books on post-colonialism and diaspora. She is a recipient of the Australia-Malaysia Institute Fellowships for the year 2007.

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