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Virtual HomelandsIndian Immigrants and Online Cultures in the United States$
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Madhavi Mallapragada

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038631

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038631.001.0001

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Virtual Homelands

Madhavi Mallapragada

University of Illinois Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to examine the textual, institutional, and discursive politics of online media that target, speak to, and are shaped by Indian immigrant cultures. The main emphasis is on the idea of home, and its many reconfigurations online through the concept of the homepage. The book critically evaluates how homepages anchor the ideals and ideologies of belonging online in relation to two dominant imaginaries traditionally associated with the time–space of the home, namely the domestic, familial household and the public, national homeland. The book argues that online media play a crucial role in the ongoing struggles over belonging and citizenship for diverse groups within the Indian American community by representing, reconstructing, and reimagining the Indian immigrant household and homeland (which include India and/or the United States). An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Indian immigrant culture, online media, homepage, Indian Americans, citizenship, belonging, Indian household, homeland

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