Diasporas and Constructivism: A Case Study of Indian Diasporas in the United States

Author:   Abhishek Yadav
Publisher:   GRFDT
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As diaspora is emerging as a powerful non-state actor in the global space, the dynamic role of diasporic identity can be understood better through the International Relations (IR) theoretical framework. Specifically, the constructivist paradigm of IR opens up the possibility of examining multiple identities of the non-state actors, including the diaspora. The research paper examines the relevance of the social constructivist paradigm in understanding the role of diaspora in general and Indian diaspora in particular. To substantiate the observed characteristics from the constructivist paradigm, the case study of Indian Diaspora in the United States has been analysed critically. The case study provides crucial dimensions associated with the increasing assertiveness of Indian-Americans in the US, thereby revealing the traits associated with the emerging diasporic influence in the hostland.

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