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Northeast migrants in Delhi: race, refuge and retail

Northeast migrants in Delhi: race, refuge and retail

McDuie-Ra, Duncan

"Northeast Migrants in Delhi: Race, Refuge and Retail is an ethnographic study of migrants from India's north-east border region living and working in Delhi, the nation's capital. Northeast India borders China, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia. Despite burgeoning interest in the region, little attention is given to the thousands of migrants leaving the region for Indian cities for refuge, work, and study. The stories of Northeast migrants reveal an everyday Northeast India rarely captured elsewhere and offer an alternative view of contemporary India. Northeast migrants covet the employment opportunities created by India's embrace of globalization; shopping malls, restaurants, and call centres. Yet Northeast migrants also experience high levels of racism, harassment, and violence. Far from simply victims of the city, Northeast migrants have created their own 'map' of Delhi, enabling a sense of belonging, albeit an uneasy one. Interdisciplinary in nature, this book will appeal to scholars of anthropology, urban studies, geography, migration, and Asian Studies."--Publisher's website

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Published Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press 2012

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Statement of responsibility: Duncan McDuie-Ra
ISBN: 9048516234, 9089644229, 9789048516230, 9789089644220
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (203 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Series: IIAS Publications series. Monographs ; 9
Subject: Society and culture: general.; Society and social sciences Society and social sciences.; Migration, Internal.; Zuwanderung; SOCIAL SCIENCE Anthropology Cultural.; Social issues and processes.; Population geography India Delhi.; Indien Nordost; Migration, Internal India Delhi.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Public Policy Cultural Policy.; Population geography.; SOCIAL SCIENCE Popular Culture.; Indian sub-continent.; SOCIAL SCIENCE Anthropology General.; Asia.; Sociology and anthropology.; India.; Lebensbedingungen; Delhi; Migration, immigration and emigration.; India Delhi.; Zuwanderer
Series Title: IIAS publications series. Monographs ; 9.


  1. 1.

    1. Introduction
    2. Looking for an everyday Northeast
    3. Finding a Starting Point
    4. Terminology
    5. Structure of the book
  2. 2.

    1. Leaving the Northeast
    2. The Making of the Frontier
    3. Tribe
    4. Colonial encounters
    5. Insurgency
    6. The State of Exception
    7. The Migration Moment
    8. Refuge
    9. Livelihoods
    10. Aspirations
    11. Attitudes towards India
    12. Labour recruitment
    13. Connectivity
  3. 3.

    1. Coming to Delhi
    2. Explaining Delhi's Popularity
    3. Delhi meri jaan
    4. Inclusion in the Exclusionary City
    5. New consumer spaces
    6. The Services Sector
    7. Education City
    8. Job prospects
    9. Education back home
    10. Prestige
    11. Brain Drain
  4. 4.

    1. Backward, Head-hunter, Sexy, Chinky
    2. The Racialised Frontier
    3. Backward and exotic
    4. Anti-national
    5. Anti-assimilation
    6. Loose and immoral
    7. Discrimination
    8. Harassment and violence
    9. Responding to Racism
    10. Tolerance
    11. Retaliation
    12. Safety
    13. Race in Contemporary India
  5. 5.

    1. Provincial Men, Worldly Women
    2. Gendered mythmaking
    3. Urbane Women, Provincial Men
    4. City Love, Frontier Politics
    5. Stuck in Delhi
    6. Fluidity and Adaption
    7. Subaltern masculinity
    8. Cosmopolitan masculinity
  6. 6.

    1. Place-making in the City
    2. The Northeast Map of Delhi
    3. Neighbourhoods
    4. Food
    5. Religion
    6. Protesting in Delhi: New places, new identities?
    7. Solidarity
    8. Cosmopolitanism
    9. Fashion and music
    10. The Korean Wave
    11. Global Christian Culture
  7. 7.

    1. Conclusion
    2. Further Research
    3. Borderlands and citizenship
    4. Ethnic Minorities and Asian Cities
    5. Cosmopolitanism.