Rites and rights of passage

Seeking a diasporic consciousness

Aisha Khan

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    Abstract

    This article explores the possibility, and constitution, of what might be called a diasporic consciousness among Indians in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Memorialized in diaspora stories about the betrayal of indentured laborers, and in concerns about acquiring proper knowledge with which to practice religious rituals, diasporic consciousness is an expression of Indo-Trinidadians' agency and is fundamentally political. Seeking to alleviate, or countermand, the vulnerability that betrayal and ignorance are perceived to foster, Indo-Trinidadians strive for potent visibility in nationalist ideology through narrative memorializations of injustice and practiced attainments of religious knowledge. In these efforts, rights and rites are mutually constitutive.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)141-164
    Number of pages24
    JournalCultural Dynamics
    Volume19
    Issue number2-3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jul 2007

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    ideology
    ritual
    visibility
    consciousness
    vulnerability
    Trinidad and Tobago
    religious behavior
    republic
    constitution
    narrative
    rights
    Rite
    Consciousness
    Betrayal
    Laborers
    Memorialization
    Injustice
    Trinidad
    Diaspora

    Keywords

    • Betrayal
    • Diasporic consciousness
    • Hindus
    • Muslims
    • Religion
    • Trinidad

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development

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    Rites and rights of passage : Seeking a diasporic consciousness. / Khan, Aisha.

    In: Cultural Dynamics, Vol. 19, No. 2-3, 07.2007, p. 141-164.

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    Khan, Aisha. / Rites and rights of passage : Seeking a diasporic consciousness. In: Cultural Dynamics. 2007 ; Vol. 19, No. 2-3. pp. 141-164.
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