The Context of Diaspora
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
Volume 19, Issue 1, pages 26–60, February 2004
How to Cite
Axel, B. K. (2004), The Context of Diaspora. Cultural Anthropology, 19: 26–60. doi: 10.1525/can.2004.19.1.26
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
ABSTRACT This article brings diaspora studies into a fruitful conversation with linguistic anthropology by examining the relationships among the formation of Sikh diasporic subjects, images of tortured bodies, quotidian Internet practices, and state-sponsored terror in India. The fleeting emergence of an enunciative subject of diaspora within a single poetic performance compels an examination of the impact of violence and gender normativity for those who self-identify as Sikh. Diaspora may be understood more productively as a globally mobile category of identification rather than a community of individuals dispersed from a homeland, and the “context” of diaspora may be understood through its production of disparate temporalities (anteriorities, presents, futurities) and subjects.