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Ethnic Routes to Becoming American: Indian Immigrants and by Sharmila Rudrappa

By Sharmila Rudrappa

How does an immigrant develop into an ethnic American? And does American society essentially modify as a result of those newcomers?In Ethnic Routes to changing into American, Sharmila Rudrappa examines the trails South Asian immigrants in Chicago take towards assimilation within the overdue twentieth-century usa, the place deliberations on citizenship rights are replete with the politics of popularity. She takes us within ethnic associations, a battered women’s defend, Apna Ghar, and a cultural association, the Indo American heart, to teach how immigrant activism, which brings cultural distinction into public sphere debates, sarcastically abets those immigrants’ assimilation. She interlaces ethnographic information with political-philosophical debates at the politics of popularity and redistribution. during this learn at the under-researched subject of the incorporation of South Asian immigrants into the yank polity, Sharmila Rudrappa compels us to reconsider ethnic activism, participatory democracy, and nation-building strategies.

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In the end analysis, the only thing ethnic about Apna Ghar shelter is that most of the clientele, and almost all the workers, are of South Asian origins. Though workers may understand the cultural specificities of abuse, the model for survival is not necessarily culturally specific. Chapter 3 is a description of the effects of the institutionalization of the shelter on its workers who engaged in emotion labor. Through participant observation and informal interviews, I draw out why South Asian American women sought involvement at Apna Ghar.

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