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Decolonizing PsychologyGlobalization, Social Justice, and Indian Youth Identities$
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Sunil Bhatia

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199964727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199964727.001.0001

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Traveling Transnational Identities

Traveling Transnational Identities

Imagining Stories of “Ultimate” Indianness

(p.87) Chapter 5 Traveling Transnational Identities
Decolonizing Psychology

Sunil Bhatia

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes how the transnationally oriented elite and upper-class urban Indian youth are negotiating their everyday experiences with globalization. It shows how the college-age elite youth psychologically imagine themselves as being world-class citizens not just by going abroad but also by reimagining new forms of Indianness through their active participation in specific cultural practices of watching American media, shopping at exclusive malls, and constructing emancipatory narratives of globalization. The transnational urban youth’s narratives are hybrid and are organized around an Indianness that is mobile, multicultural, connected to consumption practices, and crosses borders easily. Being a global Indian means displaying a kind of transnational cultural difference that has the right currency and credibility and that can be transported to other countries, where it is accepted as legitimate, valid, and as having a world-class standing. Selected parts of Indian culture can be adopted in their travels and study-abroad stints.

Keywords:   transnational, elite youth, appropriate Indianness, mobile culture, hybridity

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