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Migrants, Refugees and the Stateless in South Asia

Migrants, Refugees and the Stateless in South Asia

First Edition

June 2016 | 408 pages | SAGE India

A comprehensive assessment of the economic, social and cultural impacts of migration within South Asia

This book addresses the concept of migration with the aim of building theory as well as drawing from existing theories to understand South Asian realities. It highlights the less-explored cultural dimensions of migration—music, literature, cinema and art—thereby extending migration research into the realms of security discourse.

The author explores how ideas migrate along with people, and the extent to which the process of transformation and adaptation of these ideas is necessitated by social interactions in the adopted society. Since South Asia is culturally diverse, most migrants need to adapt themselves to unfamiliar social milieus, and this juxtaposition finds expression in rich and diverse cultural forms. The book will be indispensable to researchers and scholars of migration studies, South Asia studies, social anthropology and international relations.

Introduction: Definitional and Theoretical Issues
Mapping the South Asian Scene
The Political Connection
The Security Variable
Relief and Rehabilitation
The Legal Dynamics
Cultural and Psychological Dimensions
Conclusion: Making Sense
Subject Index

“The book [discusses] the political impacts of mass migrations, and their cultural and psychological dimensions…. Ghosh [has looked] at how the migrant experience imprinted literature, music, film and the other art forms of the region.”

The Hindu, November 20, 2016

This book is about the malleable boundaries between migrants, refugees and the stateless… The book is a comprehensive overview of the layers of relationship of the state and people’s movements between borders in South Asia… The strength of the book lies in the importance placed by the author on collective memory being a major tool for the understanding of South Asian migrations.

The Book Review, March 2017

The book addresses the important issue of migrants, refugees and stateless people. The author has done meticulous research on the complex issue… The book gives complete picture of the status of refugees and migrants in South Asia.


Free Press Journal, 3 September 2017

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ISBN: 9789351508540