South Asian Politics and the Politics of Being South Asian: (Re)Conceptualizing South Asian Diasporic Organizing in the U.S.

TRICERATOPS

TriCollege Digital Repository

South Asian Politics and the Politics of Being South Asian: (Re)Conceptualizing South Asian Diasporic Organizing in the U.S.

View Dublin Core Metadata

Title: South Asian Politics and the Politics of Being South Asian: (Re)Conceptualizing South Asian Diasporic Organizing in the U.S.
Author: Wijeyeratne, Sasha
Advisor: Mani, Bakirathi; Nadkarni, Maya
Department: Swarthmore College. Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: This simple question: "so, why are you going?" makes visible two of the key themes from which this project was imagined. The first is a question of South Asian identity – what does it mean to identify as South Asian? Is South Asian merely a racial category in the U.S.? The second is a question of politics. How is South Asian tied to politics? Is South Asian a term invested with political meaning? What kinds of organizing happen under and through this term? Through this thesis, the author argues that South Asian identity in the U.S. cannot simply be understood as a racial category, but rather is a term with multiple meanings. This paper interrogates South Asian as a racial and political construct through the lens of self-identified progressive South Asian organizers-largely young, queer, non-male, and 1.5 and 2nd generation-and organizations. This thesis focuses on what it means for these organizers to belong-or to not belong-to South Asian spaces, as well as on the modalities of organizing that are engaged in these spaces.
Terms of Use: Full copyright to this work is retained by the student author. This work has not been published and access is restricted to members of the Swarthmore College community. It may only be used for non-commercial, research and educational purposes at Swarthmore College. All other uses are restricted.
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/8410

Files in this item

Files Description Size Format
Wijeyeratne_thesis_2012.pdf 6.222Mb PDF
Wijeyeratne_release_2012.pdf Release 65.97Kb PDF

Citation

Wijeyeratne, Sasha. "South Asian Politics and the Politics of Being South Asian: (Re)Conceptualizing South Asian Diasporic Organizing in the U.S.". 2012. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/8410.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

View Dublin Core Metadata