Age, Narrative and Migration: The Life Course and Life Histories of Bengali Elders in London

Age, Narrative and Migration: The Life Course and Life Histories of Bengali Elders in London

Katy Gardner


Whilst the majority of fresh examine on identification and ethnicity among South Asians in Britain has targeted upon more youthful humans, this ebook bargains with Bengali elders, the ‘first iteration' of migrants from Sylhet, in Bangladesh. The booklet describes what number of those elders face the tactics of ageing, disease and ― eventually ― demise, in a rustic the place they didn't count on to stick and the place they don't unavoidably suppose they belong. The ways that they speak about and care for this, and specifically, their ambivalence in the direction of Britain and Bangladesh lies on the middle of the e-book.

Centrally, the publication relies round the males and women's lifestyles tales. In her research of those, Gardner indicates how narratives play an enormous position within the formation of either collective and person id and are key domain names for the articulation of gender and age. Underlying the tales that individuals inform, and infrequently hidden inside their gaps and silences, are usually different concerns and matters. utilizing specific idioms and narrative units, the elders speak about the contradictions and disjunctions of transmigration, their dating with and occasionally resistance to, the British country, and what they generally current because the ‘breakdown' of ‘traditional' methods. as well as this, the ebook indicates that histories, tales and identification usually are not simply narrated via phrases, but additionally in the course of the physique - a space hardly theorized in reviews of migration.

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