American Karma by Sunil Bhatia
(Qualitative Studies in Psychology)

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The Indian American community is one of the fastest growing immigrant communities in the U.S. Unlike previous generations, they are marked by a high degree of training as medical doctors, engineers, scientists, and university professors.American Karma  draws on participant observation and in depth interviews to explore how these highly skilled professionals have been inserted into the racial dynamics of American society and transformed into 8220;people of color 8221; Focusing on first-generation, middle-class Indians in American suburbia, it also sheds light on how these transnational immigrants themselves come to understand and negotiate their identities.Bhatia forcefully contends that to fully understand migrant identity and cultural formation it is essential that psychologists and others think of selfhood as firmly intertwined with sociocultural factors such as colonialism, gender, language, immigration, and race-based immigration laws.American Karma offers a new framework for thinking about the construction of selfhood and identity in the context of immigration. This innovative approach advances the field of psychology by incorporating critical issues related to the concept of culture, including race, power, and conflict, and will also provide key insights to those in anthropology, sociology, human development, and migrant studies.


About Sunil Bhatia

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Sunil Bhatiais Associate Professor of Human Development at Connecticut College.
Published August 1, 2007 by NYU Press academic. 284 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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