Diaspora Hinduism

Frank Korom

in Hinduism

ISBN: 9780195399318
Published online January 2011 | | DOI:
Diaspora Hinduism


The study of global diasporas has grown considerably over the past thirty years. The interest in studying diasporas is closely linked with the rise of studies dealing with transnationalism and globalization in the humanistic and social sciences more generally, which became a major interdisciplinary area of inquiry in the mid-1980s. Diaspora studies finally achieved academic legitimacy with the establishment of the journal titled Diaspora in 1991. The term diaspora was not used extensively in early studies of nonresident Indians, and, with some exceptions, not many studies of Hindu communities living outside of India were written prior to the 1970s. But the fact of the matter is that Hindus have been traveling and settling abroad for much of history, and most likely even prehistory. The focus in this article is on early studies of migration, indentureship, brain drain, and contemporary movements resulting from transnationalism and globalization.

Article.  8628 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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