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Fashioning diaspora : beauty, femininity, and South Asian American culture

Author: Vanita Reddy
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2016. ©2016
Series: Asian American history and culture.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In her insightful study, Fashioning Diaspora, Vanita Reddy carefully maps how transnational itineraries of Indian beauty and fashion shape South Asian American cultural identities and racialized belonging from the 1990s to the late-2000s. She observes how diasporic subjects engage with and respond to various encounters with Indian beauty and fashion. One of the first books to consider beauty and fashion as a point  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Reddy, Vanita, 1977-
Fashioning diaspora
(DLC) 2015039136
(OCoLC)927104240
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Vanita Reddy
ISBN: 9781439911563 1439911568
OCLC Number: 933741341
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 261 pages).
Contents: Excepting beauty and negotiating nationhood in Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine --
Prosthetic femininity, flexible citizenship, and feminist cosmopolitics in the fiction of Jhumpa Lahiri --
Fashioning diasporic citizens in literary youth cultures of beauty and fashion --
Oppositional economies of fashion in experimental feminist visual media --
Histories of the cloth and sartorial sentiment in Shailja Patel's Migritude.
Series Title: Asian American history and culture.
Responsibility: Vanita Reddy.

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In her insightful study, Fashioning Diaspora, Vanita Reddy carefully maps how transnational itineraries of Indian beauty and fashion shape South Asian American cultural identities and racialized belonging from the 1990s to the late-2000s. She observes how diasporic subjects engage with and respond to various encounters with Indian beauty and fashion. One of the first books to consider beauty and fashion as a point of entry into an examination of South Asian diasporic public cultures, Fashioning Diaspora examines a range of literature, visual art, and live performance. Through careful analyses of novels by Bharati Mukherjee and Jhumpa Lahiri, young adult literature, performance art by Shailja Patel, as well as objects of popular culture including an Indian American fashion doll, and beauty and adornment practices, Reddy challenges fashion and beauty as a set of dematerialized, overly commodified cultural practices. She argues instead that beauty and fashion structure South Asian Americans' uneven access to social mobility, capital, and citizenship, and demonstrates their varying capacities to produce social attachments across national, class, racial, gender, and generational divides.

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"Vanita Reddy has now made it very difficult to think about the South Asian diaspora without paying attention to the subjects, objects, discourses, and practices of beauty that animate it. Moving Read more...

 
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