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The Resource Home, uprooted : oral histories of India's partition, Devika Chawla

Home, uprooted : oral histories of India's partition, Devika Chawla

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Home, uprooted : oral histories of India's partition
Title
Home, uprooted
Title remainder
oral histories of India's partition
Statement of responsibility
Devika Chawla
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Indian Independence Act of 1947 granted India freedom from British rule, signaling the formal end of the British Raj in the subcontinent. This freedom, though, came at a price: partition, the division of the country into India and Pakistan, and the communal riots that followed. These riots resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1 million Hindus and Muslims and the displacement of about 20 million persons on both sides of the border. This watershed socioeconomic-geopolitical moment cast an enduring shadow on India's relationship with neighboring Pakistan. Presenting a perspective of the middle-class refugees who were forced from their homes, jobs, and lives with the withdrawal of British rule in India, Home, Uprooted delves into the lives of forty-five Partition refugees and their descendants to show how this epochal event continues to shape their lives. Exploring the oral histories of three generations of refugees from India's Partition--ten Hindu and Sikh families in Delhi, Home, Uprooted melds oral histories with a fresh perspective on current literature to unravel the emergent conceptual nexus of home, travel, and identity in the stories of the participants. Author Devika Chawla argues that the ways in which her participants imagine, recollect, memorialize, or "abandon" home in their everyday narratives give us unique insights into how refugee identities are constituted. These stories reveal how migrations are enacted and what home--in its sense, absence, and presence--can mean for displaced populations. Written in an accessible and experimental style that blends biography, autobiography, essay, and performative writing, Home, Uprooted folds in field narratives with Chawla's own family history, which was also shaped by the Partition event and her self-propelled migration to North America. In contemplating and living their stories of home, she attempts to show how her own ancestral legacies of Partition displacement bear relief. Home--how we experience it and what it says about the "selves" we come to occupy--is a crucial question of our contemporary moment. Home, Uprooted delivers a unique and poignant perspective on this timely question. This compilation of stories offers an iteration of how diasporic migrations might be enacted and what "home" means to displaced populations"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Home, uprooted : oral histories of India's partition, Devika Chawla
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-264) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
1. Beginnings: In Headnotes -- 2. Fieldwork/Homework -- 3. A Story Travels -- 4. Home Outside Home -- 5. Adrift-Reluctant Nomads -- 6. Hearth Crossings -- 7. Remnants -- 8. My Father, My Interlocutor
Control code
FIEb17576568
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 273 pages
Isbn
9780823256433
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (DLC) 2013048882
  • (OCoLC)861678628
Label
Home, uprooted : oral histories of India's partition, Devika Chawla
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-264) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
1. Beginnings: In Headnotes -- 2. Fieldwork/Homework -- 3. A Story Travels -- 4. Home Outside Home -- 5. Adrift-Reluctant Nomads -- 6. Hearth Crossings -- 7. Remnants -- 8. My Father, My Interlocutor
Control code
FIEb17576568
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 273 pages
Isbn
9780823256433
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (DLC) 2013048882
  • (OCoLC)861678628

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