Introduction: The Politics of Integration in Indian Diaspora Societies

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Abstract

Political integration refers to the insertion of individuals and households into a host society. This book argues that in societies containing Indian diaspora communities, political integration occurs as a group rather than as individuals. This groupism enables them to maintain linkages with India while rooting in the host societies. The groupist integration assumes two forms: one in societies where the Indian group is a small minority, as in most Western societies, and one where the Indian group is a large minority and represented by an ethnic political party. The book argues that the dual and groupist integration of Indian communities represent a vexing political issue since prevailing integration notions are governed by old conceptions of the nation-state.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitical Integration in Indian Diaspora Societies
EditorsRuben Gowricharn
PublisherRoutledge
Pages1-13
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781003092155
ISBN (Print)9781138346857
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

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