Ethnic Routes to Becoming American

Ethnic Routes to Becoming American

Indian Immigrants and the Cultures of Citizenship

Book - 2004
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How does an immigrant become an ethnic American? And does American society fundamentally alter because of these newcomers?

In Ethnic Routes to Becoming American , Sharmila Rudrappa examines the paths South Asian immigrants in Chicago take toward assimilation in the late twentieth-century United States, where deliberations on citizenship rights are replete with the politics of recognition. She takes us inside two ethnic institutions, a battered women's shelter, Apna Ghar, and a cultural organization, the Indo American Center, to show how immigrant activism, which brings cultural difference into public sphere debates, ironically abets these immigrants' assimilation. She interlaces ethnographic details with political-philosophical debates on the politics of recognition and redistribution. In this study on the under-researched topic of the incorporation of South Asian immigrants into the American polity, Sharmila Rudrappa compels us to rethink ethnic activism, participatory democracy, and nation-building processes.

Publisher: New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780813533704
0813533708
9780813533711
0813533716
Branch Call Number: E184.E2 R83 2004
Characteristics: viii, 239 p. ; 24 cm

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