Mookherjee, Nayanika (2014) 'In pursuit of the 'authentic' Bengali : impressions and observations of a contested Diaspora.', in Being Bengali : at home and in the world. Oxon: Routledge, pp. 140-158.
This article examines the commonalities and differences constructed among different Bengali diasporic communities in London that purport to determine the authenticity of an ethnic Bengali identity. I argue that the ‘dominant’, homogenous discourse of multiculturalism fails to take into account the contestations of Bengali identity based on religion and class. Overall I seek to focus on the processes of objectification whereby various aspects of the Bengali identity are evoked situationally. The role of history, memory, fantasy, narrative and myth is also explored in an attempt to show that difference and commonality is relational.
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|Publisher statement:||This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Being Bengali : at home and in the world on 26/03/2014 available online: http://www.routledge.com/9780415625883|
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|Date deposited:||11 April 2017|
|Date of first online publication:||26 March 2014|
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