A Postcolonial People

South Asians in Britain

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November 2006 9781850657972 448pp


A Postcolonial People is a lively, critical survey of contemporary South Asian Britain that fills a conspicuous gap in the literature. This specially commissioned book combines conceptually innovative analysis with empirically rich studies to map out the diversity of the British Asian way of life. The migration and settlement of South Asians in large numbers in Britain is examined in the context of the postcolonial condition, in which boundaries between the West and Rest, centre and periphery, home and abroad are increasingly blurred. The contributors provide both fresh insights and vital information on the Asian British experience in its socio-economic, historical and cultural dimensions. The topics covered include: identity, the transformation of urban space, policing, healthcare, electoral politics, music, British Asian theatre and cinema.


‘The theoretical debates in the collection along with some introductory essays such as that of Rupa Huq on BrAsians in South Hall and Wembley and historical essays such as those by Humayun Ansari and Nasreen Ali make this book a necessary reading for undergraduate and advanced students of South Asian studies.’ – Sanaa Riaz, Journal of South Asian Development


S. Sayyid is Professor of Decolonial Thought and Social Theory at the University of Leeds, where he is also Head of the School of Sociology and Social Policy.

Nasreen Ali is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Primary Care, University of Leeds. Virinder Kalra is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester; he is author of From Textile Mills to Taxi Ranks(2000) and co-author of Diaspora and Hybridity (2005). S. Sayyid is University Research Fellow in 'Race', Ethnicity and Postcolonialism in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds. He is the author of A Fundamental Fear (2nd edn, 2003).

Virinder Kalra is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester; he is author of From Textile Mills to Taxi Ranks (2000) and co-author of Diaspora and Hybridity (2005).

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