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Title: The Triad of Economics, Politics and Culture, and the Fate of the Immigrant
Authors: Batra, Jagdish
Keywords: Globalization, Multicultural
Culture Shock
Indian English Fiction
Issue Date: Nov-2019
Citation: Batra, Jagdish. "The Triad of Economics, Politics and Culture, and the Fate of the Immigrant", Multiculturalism and the Need for Recognition. Eds. Anamaria Falaus & Ligia Tomoiaga. Bucharest: Eikon Publishing, 2019, pp. 223-237.
Abstract: With the sweeping tsunami of globalization, the world of ethnically pure societies is passé. We have now to live with people who belong to different religions, races, nationalities. The old prejudices towards ‘foreigners’ or ‘aliens’ have to be shunned. Literature is one potent tool to bring together people and to create empathy in them for the so-called ‘others’. Many Indian English novelists have studied the problems of multicultural societies and tried to sensitize people to the joys and sorrows of the immigrants. My paper examines the texts of a few writers like M.G. Vassanji, Anita Desai, Jhumpa Lahiri, Kiran Desai et al to study the relationships between people belonging to different cultures. The paper concludes that this interface progresses along from initial prejudices to culture shock, economic hardships, nostalgia, creation of imaginary homelands, adjustment with host culture to the extent possible, and is finally shaped by the politics which decides if the adjustment will be favourable to the host or the guest.
ISBN: 978-606-49-0109-5
Appears in Collections:JGU Research Publications

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