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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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Knowing Your Place

Knowing Your Place

Religious Identities and Differences

(p.156) Chapter 6 Knowing Your Place
Muncie, India(na)

Himanee Gupta-Carlson

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses Hindu nationalism and its outreach to Indians living outside of India, particularly the United States. It describes how the movement has impacted the daily lives of Indian Americans in Muncie, Indiana, through a close reading and discourse analysis of conversations with Indian and other South Asian residents of Muncie. The author uses auto-ethnography to situate the analysis within the context of her experiences and argues that the manner in which South Asian Americans in Muncie of differing religious backgrounds might offer a template for challenging religious discrimination.

Keywords:   Muncie, Indiana, Hindu nationalism, diaspora nationalism, Hindutva, Indian Americans, South Asian Americans, Religion, religious fundamentalism, discourse analysis, auto-ethnography

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