Lau, LE (2019) Hospitality and Re-Orientalist Thresholds: Amit Chaudhuri Writes Back to India. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. ISSN 1479-0270

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Abstract

In times of heightened, no-longer-linear migratory flows, when migrations oscillate and even double back on their own routes, this article interrogates the unwritten social contract of hospitality between host and guest. Taking as a case study Amit Chaudhuri’s returnee narrative, Calcutta: Two Years in the City (2013)—his personal account of relocation to India—this paper juxtaposes the mismatch between hospitalities assumed and experienced, from India’s lukewarm hospitality to the expectations of its elite (even celebrity) sojourner authors, now diasporic returnee migrants. The article highlights the tensions in negotiating host–guest roles, particularly when insider–outsider, stranger–native boundaries blur. It also raises the question of whether some degree of re-orientalism is therefore inevitable in the cosmopolitan returnee’s perceptions and subsequent representations of what was once ‘home’ and now is ‘home again’.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Taylor & Francis at http://doi.org/10.1080/00856401.2018.1517638 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Amit Chaudhuri, diaspora, hospitality, India, migration, re-orientalism
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2019 12:12
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2019 12:14
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/5716

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