From Another Place: Migration and the Politics of Culture

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 26, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 183 pages
Never before have so many people ended up in a place different from where they began, something which made the twentieth century a century of migration. Culture is central to the process of migration, yet it is rarely examined in studies of the political economy of labour migration. Originally published in 1992, From Another Place explores definitions and understandings of the relations between migration and cultural processes, calling into question the interrelation between circumstance and cultural practice. It is an insightful attempt to move away from the limitations of dichotomous explanations of migration, using the findings of sociology, political economy and literature in the discussion of cultural beliefs and practices. The book is a fascinating, empirically grounded study, useful in its discussion of the dynamics of gender and class as well as those of ethnicity and culture.
 

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Contents

Comparative studies of migration ethnicity
16
Traditions structures and culture as process
36
The politics and poetics of ethnicity
57
Dance music and relations of power
71
Renegotiating tradition the case of dowry
89
The cultural construction of gender
105
Generating identities age social bodies
121
Intersections gender ethnicity class
144
Bibliography
168
Index
182
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