Header

UZH-Logo

Maintenance Infos

Home is where you're born: Negotiating identity in the diaspora


Hundt, Marianne (2014). Home is where you're born: Negotiating identity in the diaspora. Studia Neophilologica, 86(2):125-137.

Abstract

Over 20 million Indians do not live in India, either as people of Indian origin (PIOs) or non-resident Indians (NRIs). This paper looks into the double diaspora situation of Indians who are descendants from indentured labourers in the Fiji islands but who, due to the political situation in Fiji, decided to migrate to New Zealand. The data come from a series of interviews conducted with first and second generation Fiji Indians in Wellington, New Zealand. The focus is on the discursive construction of identity in this double diaspora situation, particularly the role that ‘place’ plays in this process. The key concept investigated is that of HOME. Taking a dictionary definition as its starting point, the analysis of the interview data shows that none of the places construed as HOME as part of their identity is unproblematic for the community. In particular, the meaning components ‘ancestral home’, ‘country of origin’ and ‘country of residence’ contribute to the dynamic social realities of different members of the community. The data also reveal that there is an additional meaning component not included in the dictionary definition, namely the idea of the ‘colonial country as cultural home’.

Abstract

Over 20 million Indians do not live in India, either as people of Indian origin (PIOs) or non-resident Indians (NRIs). This paper looks into the double diaspora situation of Indians who are descendants from indentured labourers in the Fiji islands but who, due to the political situation in Fiji, decided to migrate to New Zealand. The data come from a series of interviews conducted with first and second generation Fiji Indians in Wellington, New Zealand. The focus is on the discursive construction of identity in this double diaspora situation, particularly the role that ‘place’ plays in this process. The key concept investigated is that of HOME. Taking a dictionary definition as its starting point, the analysis of the interview data shows that none of the places construed as HOME as part of their identity is unproblematic for the community. In particular, the meaning components ‘ancestral home’, ‘country of origin’ and ‘country of residence’ contribute to the dynamic social realities of different members of the community. The data also reveal that there is an additional meaning component not included in the dictionary definition, namely the idea of the ‘colonial country as cultural home’.

Statistics

Citations

2 citations in Web of Science®
2 citations in Scopus®
Google Scholar™

Altmetrics

Downloads

307 downloads since deposited on 04 Nov 2014
143 downloads since 12 months
Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
08 University Research Priority Programs > Language and Space
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:25 September 2014
Deposited On:04 Nov 2014 13:54
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 07:54
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Inc.
ISSN:0039-3274
Additional Information:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studia Neophilologica on 25.09.2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00393274.2014.959292.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/00393274.2014.959292

Download

Download PDF  'Home is where you're born: Negotiating identity in the diaspora'.
Preview
Content: Accepted Version
Filetype: PDF
Size: 226kB
View at publisher
Filetype: Other (Coversheet Pages conversion from application/pdf to application/pdf)