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Nations, diaspora et area studies

L’Asie du Sud, de la Grande-Bretagne aux États-Unis
Véronique Bénéï
p. 131-160


Nation, Diaspora and Area Studies: South Asia from Great Britain to the United States. – In this study, the relations between national identities and the tradition of research on South Asia in Great Britain and the United States during the 20th century are described; academic disciplines were reinforced as the British Empire waned‚ whilst area studies were started in the United States. Such studies later developed in Great Britain owing to a national commitment. Political and intellectual rivalry between these two nations occurred, too, over the Indian sub-continent whence a wave of Indian immigrants arrived in the United States in the 1960s. In the 1980s, their children have gradually found a place on American campuses. The changes resulting in the field of South Asian studies are placed in the context of American multiculturalism, and then in relation to Hindu nationalism and the role that overseas Indians have played therein.

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Bibliographical reference

Véronique Bénéï, « Nations, diaspora et area studies », L’Homme, 156 | 2000, 131-160.

Electronic reference

Véronique Bénéï, « Nations, diaspora et area studies », L’Homme [Online], 156 | octobre-décembre 2000, Online since 18 May 2007, connection on 26 May 2020. URL : ; DOI :

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Véronique Bénéï

CNRS, Maison française d’Oxford, Grande-Bretagne.

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