'Home is Never Fully Achieved...Even When We Are In It': Migration, Belonging and Social Exclusion within Punjabi Transnational Mobility

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Abstract

Drawing upon transnational research in the UK and India, primarily over 150 semi-structured interviews in Newcastle, UK and Doaba, Punjab, as well as the ‘mobilities turn’ within contemporary social science, this paper examines the pursuit of ‘home’ within a diasporic British Indian Punjabi community. It is argued that this transnational pursuit of home is significantly shaped by the dynamic social context of South Asia, in particular processes of social inclusion and exclusion therein. Thus, returning Punjabi migrant attempts to distinguish themselves from the resident population through conspicuous consumption, and simultaneous attempts from Punjabi residents to exclude Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) from ‘real’ Indian status, lead to a continual reprocessing of home across different sites of mobility, as well as demonstrating the ‘never fully achieved’ nature of home.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-210
JournalMobilities
Volume10
Issue number2
Early online date29 Oct 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015

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