Namaste America : Indian Immigrants in an American Metropolis

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ISBN-13: 978-0271019819
ISBN-10: 0271019816
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One of the most comprehensive documents of the history of Indian immigrants in the United States. Rangaswamy demonstrates full command of the history, culture, and linguistic profile of America's Indian community, offering both insiders and outsiders perspectives on issues of importance to immigrants. --Rajeshwari Pandharipande, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Rangaswamy s book is a superb resource for the study of Indian immigrants in the U.S. Her documentation of the Indian community in Chicago is not only thorough but interesting and provides readers with a wide variety of both quantitative and ethnographic data that would be useful for researchers in the social sciences as well as the humanities.

Essential reading for those interested in issues pertaining to Indian immigration. --Deepak Sarma, Religious Studies Review

This is a theoretically sensitive, readable book that is constructed by turns from inside and outside, seeing through screens of race, class, and gender. The text rises above the specific and provides useful general insights to understanding lives of Indian immigrant communities in other parts of the country and the world. --H.S. Bhola, American Historical Review

Rangaswamy s book is a superb resource for the study of Indian immigrants in the U.S. Her documentation of the Indian community in Chicago is not only thorough but interesting and provides readers with a wide variety of both quantitative and ethnographic data that would be useful for researchers in the social sciences as well as the humanities.

Essential reading for those interested in issues pertaining to Indian immigration. --Deepak Sarma, Religious Studies Review

This is a theoretically sensitive, readable book that is constructed by turns from inside and outside, seeing through screens of race, class, and gender. The text rises above the specific and provides useful general insights to understanding lives of Indian immigrant communities in other parts of the country and the world. --H.S. Bhola, American Historical Review

About the Author

Padma Rangaswamy is Project Coordinator for the Neighborhood History Project at the Chicago Historical Society. She is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Loyola University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (Txt) (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0271019816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0271019819
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,033,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found te book interesting but I did have my problems with it. First off though she does a fine job organizing her immense data into a easily readable narrative/descriptive hybrid. She explains how things are and then enters into her interviews which make a great mix. The only bad part I thought was her failure to enter any important conclusions to the end of her work. However I do recommend this book especially for the South Asian in urban areas dealing with identity.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Helweg on July 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a very good book to understand lhe new wave of immigation from India. She puts forth a balanced and understandable view of the new immigrations.
A sympahetic ooutstanding unbiasedd accoount
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