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date: 06 June 2020

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The essay traces theoretical and political interventions in South Asian American historiography that foreground debates about the relationship of race to Orientalism; the links among citizenship, migration, and imperialism; the politics of rights in social movements; and the articulations of gender and sexuality within the multicultural security state. One of the developments in the field is the challenge to nation-based frameworks and the emphasis on transnationalism and cosmopolitanism of migrant communities, political networks, and also regimes of surveillance, detention, and deportation in the War on Terror. Key works have explored the limitations and possibilities of South Asian America as a terrain for cross-racial solidarity and movements for emancipation, spanning the early twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Radical, anti-imperial alliances and sites of stranger intimacy have created subaltern counterpublics as well as new forms of kinship and (homo)sociality, but there is also a tension produced by the shift to neoliberal multiculturalism.

Keywords: South Asians, citizenship, imperialism, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, intimacy, kinship, solidarity, multiculturalism, War on Terror

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