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By Tony Ballantyne

Bringing South Asian and British imperial historical past including contemporary scholarship on transnationalism and postcolonialism, Tony Ballantyne bargains a daring reevaluation of structures of Sikh identification from the past due eighteenth century during the early twenty-first. Ballantyne considers Sikh groups and stories in Punjab, the remainder of South Asia, the uk, and different elements of the realm. He charts the moving, complicated, and regularly competing visions of Sikh identification which were produced in keeping with the momentous social alterations wrought via colonialism and diaspora. within the strategy, he argues that Sikh stories needs to extend its scope take into consideration not just how Sikhism is figured in non secular and political texts but in addition at the battlefields of Asia and Europe, within the streets of Singapore and Southall, and within the nightclubs of latest Delhi and Newcastle.

Constructing an expansive old archive, Ballantyne attracts on movie, sculpture, fiction, and sites, in addition to deepest papers, executive documents, journalism, and shuttle narratives. He proceeds from a critique of modern historiography at the improvement of Sikhism to an research of the way Sikh id replaced over the process the lengthy 19th century. Ballantyne is going directly to provide a examining of the contested interpretations of the lifetime of Dalip Singh, the final Maharaja of Punjab. He concludes with an exploration of bhangra, a standard kind of Punjabi dance that diasporic artists have remodeled right into a globally well known track variety. a lot of bhangra’s contemporary evolution stems from encounters of the Sikh and Afro-Caribbean groups, fairly within the uk. Ballantyne contends that such cross-cultural encounters are vital in defining Sikh identification either in Punjab and the diaspora.

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