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Himanee Gupta-Carlson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041822

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041822.001.0001

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Navigating Rebellion and Respect

Navigating Rebellion and Respect

South Asian Teenagers and High School Life

(p.108) Chapter 4 Navigating Rebellion and Respect
Muncie, India(na)

Himanee Gupta-Carlson

University of Illinois Press

This chapter uses auto-ethnography and discourse analysis to discuss the lives of South Asian American individuals’ memories of their teenage years in Muncie, Indiana. It compares and contrasts these experiences with the depiction of high school life in the acclaimed documentary Seventeen, analyzing both the experiences and the film against the 1970s racial politics of Muncie life. It also critiques a set of new Middletown studies on Muncie that were conducted in the 1970s and in doing so argues that the exclusions of African Americans and foreign-born individuals in the earlier studies by Robert S. Lynd and Helen Merrell Lynd affected the lens through which the follow-up studies interpreted 1970s Muncie life

Keywords:   Muncie, Indiana, South Asian Americans, Indian Americans, Seventeen, Middletown studies, race relationships, discourse analysis, auto-ethnography

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