Rural Nostalgias and Transnational Dreams: Identity and Modernity Among Jat Sikhs

By Nicola Mooney

© 2011

Renowned as the predominant farmers and landlords of Punjab, and long possessed of an autocthonous agricultural identity, Jat Sikhs today often live urban and diasporiclives. Rural Nostalgias and Transnational Dreams examines the formation and meaning of Jat Sikh identity in the contemporary Indian city.

Nicola Mooney describes a number of Jat Sikh social practices and narratives through which contemporary notions of identity are developed. She contextualizes these elements of Jat Sikh modernity against local, regional, and national histories of cultural and political differentiation, perceptions of marginality, and the expression of increasingly exclusive notions and practices of identity. This unique ethnography incorporates first-hand observations and local narratives to develop insights into the traditions and social memory of Jat Sikhs, as well as on the issues of urban and transnational social transformation.

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  • Series: Anthropological Horizons
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.1in x 9.3in
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Rural Nostalgias and Transnational Dreams examines the formation and meaning of Jat Sikh identity in the contemporary Indian city.

Rural Nostalgias and Transnational Dreams: Identity and Modernity Among Jat Sikhs

By Nicola Mooney

© 2011

Renowned as the predominant farmers and landlords of Punjab, and long possessed of an autocthonous agricultural identity, Jat Sikhs today often live urban and diasporiclives. Rural Nostalgias and Transnational Dreams examines the formation and meaning of Jat Sikh identity in the contemporary Indian city.

Nicola Mooney describes a number of Jat Sikh social practices and narratives through which contemporary notions of identity are developed. She contextualizes these elements of Jat Sikh modernity against local, regional, and national histories of cultural and political differentiation, perceptions of marginality, and the expression of increasingly exclusive notions and practices of identity. This unique ethnography incorporates first-hand observations and local narratives to develop insights into the traditions and social memory of Jat Sikhs, as well as on the issues of urban and transnational social transformation.

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Product Details

  • Series: Anthropological Horizons
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.1in x 9.3in
  • Author Information

    Nicola Mooney is a senior associate with the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies and teaches in the Department of Social, Cultural, and Media Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley..

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements
    Glossary of Punjabi Terms
    Note on Identity Terms
    Prologue

    1. Introduction: Jat Sikh Locations and the Bahu Ethnographer
    2. Farming, Family and Faith: Elements of Jat Sikh Identity
    3. Good Families: Marriage, Gender and Middle Class Jat Community
    4. Good Fortunes: Education, Class and National Contingencies among Jats
    5. Unities and Schisms in Jat Sikh Identity
    6. The Rural Imaginary
    7. A Wedding Phulkari and Other Gifts
    8. Modern Jat Identities: Some Conclusions

    Epilogue
    Endnotes
    Bibliography
    Index

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