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Desi Divas – Political Activism in South Asian American Cultural Performances - University Press of Mississippi
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Desi Divas: Political Activism in South Asian American Cultural Performances

Christine L. Garlough


This book is the product of five years of field research with progressive activists associated with the School for Indian Languages and Cultures (SILC), South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), the feminist dance collective Post Natyam, and the grassroots feminist political organization South Asian Sisters. It explores how traditional cultural forms may be critically appropriated by marginalized groups and used as rhetorical tools to promote deliberation and debate, spur understanding and connection, broaden political engagement, and advance particular social identities. Within this fra ... More

Keywords: progressive activists, SILC, SAALT, feminist dance collective, Post Natyam, feminist political organization, South Asian Sisters, traditional cultural forms, marginalized groups, rhetorical tools

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781617037320
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617037320.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine L. Garlough, author