Indentured Identities

Resistance and accommodation in plantation-era Fiji

| International Pacific College
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The book explores the historical dimension of Indian indenture from within the lived experience of laborers, who emigrated to Fiji from colonial India a century ago. As these laborers are no longer alive, one could argue that the experience of indenture is no longer accessible, if there had not been recordings of the laborers’ life narratives. It is seven of these audio recordings, made for public broadcast, which form the data for a fine-grained language-analysis to unearth the life-world of indenture. Through the merging of Labov’s high-point analysis with Bamberg’s positioning analysis, the book focuses on the situated discursive performativity of identities, and draws attention to the complex and at times conflicting positions within the life narratives. Sorting through those positions resulted in the ultimate challenge to the essentially homogenizing current master narrative discourse on who can be classified as an indentured laborer, and what signifies as an indenture experience.
[Studies in Narrative, 15]  2011.  xvii, 345 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
xi–xii
Shards of memories
xiii–xiv
List of figures, maps, pictures, tables
xv–xvi
Gloss
xvii–xviii
Chapter 1. Getting acquainted with the Girmityas
1–20
Chapter 2. Gabriel Aiyappa’s Girmit
21–36
Chapter 3. Behind the scenes of Girmit Gāthā
37–46
Chapter 4. Transposing the oral into written
47–66
Chapter 5. Ram Rattan Mishar’s life narrative construction
67–96
Chapter 6. Ram Rattan Mishar’s identity and agency reconstructions
97–116
Restorying Girmit
117–118
Chapter 7. Guldhari Maharaj
119–132
Chapter 8. Ram Sundar Maharaj
133–148
Chapter 9. Jasoda Ramdin
149–182
Chapter 10. Ram Dulhari
183–210
Chapter 11. Ghori Gosai Part 1
211–274
Chapter 12. Ghori Gosai Part 2
275–298
Chapter 13. Constructing ‘I’ through the life narrative
299–314
Chapter 14. Conclusions and beginnings
315–324
References
325–340
Index
341–346
“The strength of the book is in its elaborate articulation of its analytical framework, coupled with Gounder’s admirably self-conscious awareness of her own positionings. The reader is provided with theoretically sound justification for the choice of analytical tools, and thus is also provided with a range of options when doing his or her own linguistic/narrative analysis in the future. Likewise, Gounder’s

exposition of the merging of otherwise disparate analytical processes is equally sound, while remaining remarkably lucid.”
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Gounder, Farzana
2020.  In Indentured and Post-Indentured Experiences of Women in the Indian Diaspora,  pp. 21 ff. Crossref logo
Lal, Brij V.
2015.  In Narrative and Identity Construction in the Pacific Islands [Studies in Narrative, 21],  pp. 177 ff. Crossref logo
Lal, Brij V.
2019.  In Levelling Wind: Remembering Fiji, Crossref logo
Paviour-Smith, Martin
2015.  In Narrative and Identity Construction in the Pacific Islands [Studies in Narrative, 21],  pp. 37 ff. Crossref logo

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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011037697 | Marc record