Sikhi through Internet, Films, and Videos

Susan Elizabeth Prill

in The Oxford Handbook of Sikh Studies

Published in print March 2014 | ISBN: 9780199699308
Published online June 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Sikhi through Internet, Films, and Videos

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The article discusses representations of the Sikh experience through websites, film, and videos released online or to DVD. While the emphasis is on self-representation, it also refers to images of Sikhs in films created by non-Sikhs. Film, videos, and the Internet provide a space in which Sikhs negotiate identity and engage with issues surrounding Sikh history, religion, and politics. This discourse frequently hinges on the question of how normative the Khalsa identity should be for the Sikh community as a whole, and there is a particular concern about the maintenance of uncut hair by male Sikhs, especially in the diaspora. Films and new media thus serve both descriptive and prescriptive roles in the continuing process of shaping Sikh identity in the twenty-first century.

Keywords: Sikh; film; websites; Internet; self-representation; identity; Khalsa

Article.  5138 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sikhism

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