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American Karma
Author: Sunil Bhatia

ISBN: 9780814799581
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 17 July 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 583.0 x 389.5 x 2.3
Description:
"Effectively blends identity theory and ethnography to examine the immigrant experience of first-generation, professional Indians. Provoking reflection on the racial dynamics and identity politics of American society, this work goes a long way towards humanizing what it means to be an immigrant in the United States."--Cynthia Lightfoot, Penn State University Delaware CountyThe Indian American community is one of the fastest growing immigrant communities in the U.S. Unlike previous generations, they are marked by a high degree of training as medical doctors, engineers, scientists, and university professors.American Karma draws on participant observation and in-depth interviews to explore how these highly skilled professionals have been inserted into the racial dynamics of American society and transformed into "people of color." Focusing on first-generation, middle-class Indians in American suburbia, it also sheds light on how these transnational immigrants themselves come to understand and negotiate their identities. Bhatia forcefully contends that to fully understand migrant identity and cultural formation it is essential that psychologists and others think of ...

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