Researcher, Lecturer, Podcaster
Homemaking: Radical Nostalgia and the Construction of a South Asian Diaspora (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming in 2017)
This will be the first book-length study of the various ways in which nostalgia can be mobilised in particularly radical ways to create distinctively diasporic identities. Using the various south Asian communities in Britain and America as a case study, I argue that nostalgia plays a crucial role in radical articulations of diasporic identity. Through an interdiciplinary look at literature, film, television and visual culture, architecture, real and virtual public spaces, music, video games and ethnographic interviews, I make a case for the necessity of revisiting nostalgia as possessing significant radical potential. Breaking away from large parts of existing scholarship which conceptualises nostalgia as reactionary and conservative, this book argues that, in the context of enforced assimilation on the part of the post-imperial nation-state, the nostalgic hanging-on to an imaginary version of one’s own identity can be seen to be radical. The demand to do things in one’s own way is a powerful example of the ways in which nostalgia can contain within it powerful forms of counter-hegemonic force.