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Of Silk Saris & Mini-Skirts By Amita Dr. Handa

Of Silk Saris & Mini-Skirts
by Amita Dr. Handa

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Explores issues surrounding the way identity is imagined and constructed by South Asian girls, women and South Asian community workers in Toronto. The author also examines ways in which young South Asian women are constructed and represented through discourses of race, nation, culture and community.
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Of Silk Saris & Mini-Skirts: South Asian Girls Walk the Tightrope of Culture by Amita Dr. Handa

Dr. Handa explores issues surrounding the way identity is imagined and constructed by South Asian girls, women and South Asian community workers in Toronto. The author also examines ways in which young South Asian women are constructed and represented through discourses of race, nation, culture and community.

Using feedback from her interviews, the author discusses South Asian women's struggle with the threat of the erosion of their authentic cultural practices. Handa's critical theoretical perspective illuminates how South Asian women struggle to live within the boundaries of cultural preservation at the same time that they embrace aspects of the communities in which they live. She explores whether they both desire and are excluded from Canadian cultural hegemony. She also examines the theoretical implications of exclusion and conversely, the problematic of cultural preservation.

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Of Silk Saris & Mini-Skirts Reviews


Of Silk Saris and Mini-Skirts conveys a thoughtful and well-researched argument about the secrets and lies, pride and strength - in essence, the fragmentation and perseverance that characterize the lives of second generation South Asian women in the diaspora."" - Meera Sethi, Anoki Vibe

About Amita Dr. Handa


Amita Handa has a doctorate in sociology and is a community-based research consultant. She is co-host of Masala Mixx on CKLN 88.1 FM, a radio program that presents a fusion of Eastern and Western music. She is also an editor and writer for BrownSugar, a New York-based art and culture magazine for South Asian women, produced by Vinita Srivastava.

Table of Contents


  • Chapter One: Beginnings: The Telling of Secrets
  • Chapter Two: From Mataji to Myself: Formations of East and West
  • Chapter Three: Modest and Modern: Women as Markers of the Indian Nation State
  • Chapter Four: Fusion or Confusion? Multicultural Doublespeak
  • Chapter Five: The Hall of Shame: Lies, Masks, and Respectful Femininity
  • Chapter Six: A Patch of ""Indian"": Music, Fashion, and Dances
  • Chapter Seven: Endings: From Barbie to Bindis
  • Endnotes
  • Bibliography

Additional information

GOR010194500
Of Silk Saris & Mini-Skirts: South Asian Girls Walk the Tightrope of Culture by Amita Dr. Handa
Amita Dr. Handa
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Women's Press of Canada
2003-01-01
211
0889614067
9780889614062
N/A
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