Africa too is being reimagined and problematised, seen less as a poor, war-ravaged postcolonial backwater and more as a significant player in the world economy and society. The realisation has dawned that South America, Africa, and above all, Asia are not simply sources of raw materials and markets for the Global North but powerful drivers of the world economy in their own right.
Apart from their fabulous natural resources and market potential, the continents of the Global South are important because of their cities Miraftab and Kudva And he is to be commended for allowing what might be called the Asian voice to speak about Asian cities.
Overall the book is a good read, incorporating a collection of empirically-centred chapters that present a wealth of contemporary and historical detail.
Acknowledging the impact of colonial histories on the present is a notable feature of all the chapters. Over the last decade, there has been a growing academic focus on the cities of the Global South, especially Asia.
For continents and cities in the Global South, this is a challenging but exciting period indeed, so the book Asian Cities: Brazil, Russia, India, China.
Bracken has assembled a highly knowledgeable, diverse range of authors, from highly-respected academics to emerging scholars. Each chapter begins with an abstract that is useful and necessary in this kind of collection, where readers will dip in and want to know quickly, for a given chapter, whether they should read on.
Globally, cities are seen rightly as the driving forces of national and continental economies and societies, although their destructive capabilities are well recognised. There are some excellent empirically grounded chapters that are cognisant of local and global histories.
This book will complement others such as Perera and Tang and Wong Some of the prose is elegant and incisive, for example: Colonial to Global, Amsterdam Press Continents are being reimagined and reconfigured economically and socially during these early years of the 21st century.
For three decades the concepts of the global city and the postcolonial city in the context of planetary neoliberal capitalism, have been the subject of much academic debate and controversy.
This reimagining of the place of continents outside the Global North in a new world order is epitomised by Jim Certainly, the contributions by Zhou and by Martin are the standout chapters in the book. Review of Gregory Bracken ed Asian Cities: Colonial to Global is certainly timely.
All the chapters are well researched and written, avoiding the use of convoluted language one sometimes encounters in postcolonial academic writing.Mistry confesses in the Literary Journal Rungh () that his departure from India was partly Diasporic writing necessitates one’s location in a new environment and both an identification with and alienation of the writer from his old and new homelands.
As V.S. Naipaul remarks in. themes seen in indian diasporic writing There are certain common themes in the representations of the Indian diasporic experience in places as different as Trinidad, Fiji, Canada, Britain, US, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.
” Diasporic writing in a globalised context has assumed ‘conscious raising genre’ where the concerns are not only about the themes of nostalgia, imaginative reconstruction of the homeland and identities but also about the issues such as cultural citizenship, cosmopolitan justice and global inequality.5/5(2).
AFRICAN-CARIBBEAN WRITING IN BRITAIN. which inform the editorial choices and themes of profiling in African Writing. This then is a list of the constituent community of African continental and diasporic writing in Britain, and not merely a.
Women's Writings., Diaspora, Indian Writing in English, Post colonial Theory, Foodways and Diaspora Mourning over the Past is Negotiable If Today Be Sweet: New Diasporic Consciousness in Thrity Umrigar’s If Today Be Sweet.
CHAPTER II -- INDIAN DIASPORIC LITERATURE IN ENGLISH Diasporic writing unfolds these experiences of unsettlement and dislocation, at some or the other level. A diasporic text can be investigated in terms of location, nervousness about homelessness and unfeasibility of going back are recurrent themes in diasporic literature.Download