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Indian-Australian Political Candidates as Transnational Actors: Reflecting the Community or Fighting Othering?

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Abstract

Australia presents itself as a harmonious nation space of multicultural immigrants (as seen from a normative Anglo-Celtic viewpoint). This chapter tracks complexities within one extended ‘ethnic’ community and how they work in relation to the space of the nation and dynamics of international population flows. The author interviews some of the growing number of Australians of Indian heritage who have begun to enter politics, charting how they manage intersections of political allegiance, minority rights, personal identity, gender and racial difference. Rather than being objects of diasporic studies or national configurings of migrant minorities, these people are transnational actors, creating internal disruptions to the nation space as their individual personae cross with pan-ethnic identities, migration policies and Aboriginal rights.
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The author is grateful to Charisma Kaliyanda for permission to reproduce here material from her interview. Email from Charishma Kaliyanda to Sukhmani Khorana, 18 April 2019.
 
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Metadata
Title
Indian-Australian Political Candidates as Transnational Actors: Reflecting the Community or Fighting Othering?
Author
Sukhmani Khorana
Copyright Year
2022
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-81325-3_4