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Unruly Immigrants: Rights, Activism, and Transnational South Asian Politics in the United States

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In Unruly Immigrants, Monisha Das Gupta explores the innovative strategies that South Asian feminist, queer, and labor organizations in the United States have developed to assert claims to rights for immigrants without the privileges or security of citizenship. Since the 1980s many South Asian immigrants have found the India-centered “model minority” politics of previous g ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Duke University Press Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jensen
Dec 04, 2013 Jensen rated it really liked it
Monisha Das Gupta’s Unruly Immigrants: Rights, Activism, and Transnational South Asian Politics in the United States is a analysis and reflection on the strategies employed by South Asian American groups to assert their voices. Gupta provides both personal and firsthand accounts of how South Asian groups were treated and fared in politics and activism. Gupta begins the book with an anecdote of her experience with immigration. She recounts how difficult and frightening immigration can be. At the ...more
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Nov 20, 2013 gmg86 rated it liked it
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Monisha Das Gupta’s “Unruly Immigrants: Rights, Activism, and Transnational South Asian Politics in the United States” is a thoroughly supported challenge of the source of individual rights as traditionally understood. The work reads as an argument, structured to demonstrate that in what she calls a “transnational complex of rights” (16), migrants can benefit from protections, too. She clearly divides the book into sections that historicize the situation at hand, and then demonstrate the need w ...more
Taylor W.
Nov 21, 2013 Taylor W. rated it liked it
In her book Unruly Immigrants, Monisha Das Gupta aims to explore the roles of marginalized South Asian minorities within the United States. From the onset of the book, she makes it clear that “This book is about South Asian immigrants in the United States whom I [Das Gupta] characterize as “unruly” in view of their struggle for rights in the face of their formal/legal and popular codification as noncitizens” (4). She observes the undertakings of these “unruly immigrants” through an analysis of ...more
Jason H
Nov 21, 2013 Jason H rated it it was amazing
Coupling her experiences as a feminist activist with an ethnographic examination of South Asian immigrants struggling “for rights in the face of their formal/legal codification as noncitizens” (4), Monisha Das Gupta weaves the radical, transnational tapestry of Unruly Immigrants to contextualize the strategies of the South Asian diaspora’s feminist, queer, and labor organizations and detail the extent to which racially-driven, structural marginalization is manifest in the “lived experiences” (3) ...more
Vernice
Nov 21, 2013 Vernice rated it it was amazing
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The comprehensive ethnographies of South Asian immigrant organizations combine with transformative theoretical framework in Monisha Das Gupta’s work, Unruly Immigrants. In highlighting the lived experiences of the members of the organizations and the issues they constantly face and combat, Das Gupta’s book is able to strongly speak to the stories of many Asian immigrants and Asian Americans as complex journeys that reach beyond “national” borders.

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Stephen
Feb 10, 2008 Stephen rated it it was amazing
Not sure why the other person gave this book a 2 star rating. Very important and useful book that maps out a very intricate political schematic for South Asian groups...
Mathu Subramanian
Sep 19, 2008 Mathu Subramanian rated it really liked it
Really good overview of organizing in the South Asian community, but I felt she could've thought her arguments out a bit better.
Ramani
Sep 15, 2009 Ramani rated it it was amazing
That's my girl!! This is a must read. Monisha rocks :)And just to be open I am quoted in the book. Go SAWA!
Robert Perkinson
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I assigned this book to my graduate class. They loved it.
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