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Sociology and Social Anthropology in India by Yogesh Atal

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THE STUDY OF INDIAN DIASPORA

N. Jayaram

Introduction

The emigration of Indians to other countries has a long history. The settlement of Indians in the countries of their adoption and the socio-cultural and political dynamics thereof had earlier attracted sporadic interest among scholars as well as administrators. The phenomenon is now encapsulated under the fashionable term ‘Indian diaspora’,1 and its study has emerged as a rich and variegated area of multidisciplinary research interest.

The first systematic attempt to take stock of the literature on Indian Diaspora(though under the rubric ‘Indian Communities Abroad’) was undertaken by Ravindra K. Jain as part of the Third Survey of Literature on Sociology and Social Anthropology, under ...

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