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Writing the City in British-Asian Diasporas

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1. Introduction Sean McLoughlin Part I: Cities 2. Writing `Bradistan' Across the Domains of Social Reality Sean McLoughlin 3. Representing British Bangladeshis in London's East End: The Global City, Text, Performance and Authenticity John Eade 4. Writing British Asian Manchester: Vernacular Cosmopolitanism on the `Curry Mile' Virinder S. Kalra 5. Discrepant Representations of Multi-Asian Leicester: Institutional Discourse and Everyday Life in the Model Multicultural City Sean McLoughlin 6. Between the City Lines: Towards a Spatial Historiography of British Asian Birmingham Richard Gale Part II: Themes 7. South Asian histories in Britain: Nation, locality and marginality William Gould and Irna Qureshi 8. Writing Religion in British Asian Diasporas Sean McLoughlin and John Zavos 9. Writing British Asian Women: From purdah and the `problematic private sphere' to new forms of public engagement and cultural production Emma Tomalin 10. From Writing to Embodied Vernacular Cosmopolitanisms: The British Asian City and Cultural Production Ananya Jahanara Kabir

About the Author

Sean McLoughlin is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Leeds. He has published extensively on Islam and Pakistani Muslims in Britain, Europe and South Asia. William Gould is Senior Lecturer in Indian History in the School of History, University of Leeds. Current research includes the history of Indian citizens' experiences of the newly independent state of India between 1947 and 1964, the politics of religious conflict and 'communalism' in South Asia, and the historical narratives of South Asian migrants to the UK after 1947. Ananya Jahanara Kabir is Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature at the School of English, University of Leeds. She works on the relationship between political and cultural representation and the relationship between national feeling and competing axes of belonging. She has also written extensively on the cultural and emotional consequences of the Partition of India. Emma Tomalin is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds.


"How have British cities been transformed by the settlement of Asian immigrants and in what ways did these cities crucially shape newcomers' lives? Like a kaleidoscope refracting alternative patterns, the answer to this question lies, this marvellous collaborative volume shows, in the multiple voices writing the Asian diaspora's urban experience - anthropologists, sociologists, poets, novelists, oral and cultural historians, politicians, policy-makers and journalists. Avoiding sweeping, essentialist generalisations, the book's comparative scholarship and fine attention to detail demonstrate the depth and subtlety with which the Asian diaspora in Britain has been researched and analysed. Recommended reading for anyone teaching on migration and diaspora, and a must for new researchers on the Asian diaspora." - Pnina Werbner, Keele University "Britain's cities have been indelibly shaped through centuries of migration and settlement. In this wonderfully evocative and richly textured book, the authors trace the historical and contemporary inscriptions of five iconic British Asian cities - Birmingham, Bradford, Leicester, London and Manchester. Exploring multiple ways and scales of `writing' the city, these essays remind us that `all cities are global cities', woven from diasporic and local (hi)stories, journeys and the imagination of home." - Claire Alexander, University of Manchester "The key strength of the work as a whole is as a model for a new kind of criticism that draws on an eclectic yet complementary mix of sources and approaches in order to complicate and undermine dominant narratives about British Asians through localised and deep studies." - Sarah Ilott, South Asian Diaspora

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