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View the PDF document Indo-Fijian diasporic bodies : narratives in text, image, popular culture, and the lived everyday in Fiji and Liverpool, Sydney Australia
Author: Prasad, Mohit Manoj.
Institution: University of Western Sydney.
Award: Ph.D.
Subject: East Indian diaspora--Australia--Sydney (NSW), East Indians--Fiji
Date: 2005.
Call No.: Pac JV 8501 .P73 2005
BRN: 836978
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Abstract: The thesis examines the Indo-Fijian diaspora in narratives of images and landscapes of literature, memoirs, travelogues, tourist ephemera, popular culture instances in soccer and cinema, streets, homes and the everyday in Fiji and in Liverpool, Sydney Australia. The sustaining argument is against various theories of representation and identity that foreclose the Indo-Fijian diaspora in homogeneous readings as a monolithic entity. The opening arguments are against reductive labelling of the Indo-Fijian diaspora as formed in a moment of history, in the period of Indentured History, or 'Girmit', the Hindi variant on 'agreement', that bound a people to a place, beyond the original purposes of the colonial project. These arguments for heterogeneous readings of the Indo-Fijian diaspora progresses from the existing corpus of Indo-Fijian literature, as referent narratives, into other texts, images and the everyday. Narratives such as memoir writing and associated essays, poems and reflections are interrogated to provide many identities for many people. The argument is not for an 'anything goes' as identity and representation approach, as it is not, for an 'all or nothing' approach of earlier theoretical constructs, but for more heterogeneous positions of scholarship and research. The thesis looks for tactics of the everyday space that are in various narratives to inscribe further bodies, that of the non-academic (often one-off) writer, women writers, juvenilia, tourist ephemera for absence/presence, travelogues, columns and plays for 'Inside/r/Outside/r' alterity constructions. An interrogation of spaces that moves from Fiji to Liverpool to wander through interviews, questionnaires, statistics, graphs, soccer tournaments, streets, and shops. Ultimately it is the home/house/garage of the second shift diaspora that is the engaged as 'intimacy gradient' of the architecture of hearth and heart for final answers on identity and representation for the Indo-Fijian body, as individual, as community, in the lived and the everyday space.
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