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Transnational America Feminisms, Diasporas, Neoliberalisms

ISBN-10: 0822335441
ISBN-13: 9780822335443
Edition: 2005
Authors: Inderpal Grewal
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Description: In Transnational America, Inderpal Grewal examines how the circulation of people, goods, social movements, and rights discourses during the 1990s created transnational subjects shaped by a global American culture. Rather than simply framing the  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 6/28/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.13" wide x 9.25" long x 0.81" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

In Transnational America, Inderpal Grewal examines how the circulation of people, goods, social movements, and rights discourses during the 1990s created transnational subjects shaped by a global American culture. Rather than simply framing the United States as an imperialist nation-state that imposes unilateral political power in the world, Grewal analyzes how the concept of "America" functions as a nationalist discourse beyond the boundaries of the United States by disseminating an ideal of democratic citizenship through consumer practices. She develops her argument by focusing on South Asians in India and the United States. Grewal combines a postcolonial perspective with social and cultural theory to argue that contemporary notions of gender, race, class, and nationality are linked to earlier histories of colonization. Through an analysis of Mattel's sales of Barbie dolls in India, she discusses the consumption of American products by middle-class Indian women newly empowered with financial means created by India's market liberalization. Considering the fate of asylum-seekers, Grewal looks at how a global feminism in which female refugees are figured as human rights victims emerged from a distinctly Western perspective. She reveals in the work of three novelists who emigrated from India to the United States--Bharati Mukherjee, Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni, and Amitav Ghosh--a concept of Americanness linked to cosmopolitanism. In Transnational America Grewal makes a powerful, nuanced argument that the United States must be understood--and studied--as a dynamic entity produced and transformed both within and far beyond its territorial boundaries.

is currently Director and Professor of Women Studies at University of California-Irvine. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Berkeley. A founder of Narika, an agency that addresses the needs of South Asian women in the U.S., she works with activist groups that focus on Asian women and immigration issues. She has authored a monograph and co-edited several books and journal issues, often with her long time collaborator Caren Kaplan. Her special interests include the history of British imperialism, non-western women travelers, consumer culture and globalization, South Asian women in diaspora, and the new transnational feminist activism

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Neoliberal Citizenship: The Governmentality of Rights and Consumer Culture
Becoming American: The Novel and the Diaspora
Traveling Barbie: Indian Transnationalities and the Global Consumer
"Women's Rights as Human Rights": The Transnational Production of Global Feminist Subjects
Gendering Refugees: New National/Transnational Subjects
Transnational America: Race and Gender after 9/11
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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