Hierarchical Assemblages of Citizenship and Belonging: The Pedestrian Speech Acts of British Gujarati Indian Walkers

Ratna, Aarti (2020) Hierarchical Assemblages of Citizenship and Belonging: The Pedestrian Speech Acts of British Gujarati Indian Walkers. Sociology, 54 (1). pp. 159-180. ISSN 0038-0385

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The 2018 Windrush generation controversy, made public state-induced hostilities towards African Caribbean citizens of the nation. However, this is not a new phenomenon. The state’s de-humanising treatment of racial and ethnic minority migrant settlers has a much longer history. I make visible this history by exploring the informal walking pastimes of five, married, British Gujarati Indian couples, many of whom, like other South Asian migrants, arrived in England during the 1960s and 1970s. Using the notion of pedestrian speech acts, I explore the relationship between race, urban multiculture, citizenship and belonging. The findings signal how public and state discourses are mobilised by these walkers to repeatedly invoke their citizenship, mainly by ‘Othering’ Eastern European communities, as well as in terms of what I have called hierarchical assemblages of citizenship and belonging, elucidating the dynamic complexities of racial, ethnic, religious, caste, class, gender, and generational unities and tensions.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: I would like to thank Dan Burdsey, Mark Doidge, Viji Kuppan and Chris Webster for feedback on previous drafts of this article, as well as the feedback and support of the Editor-in-Chief Vanessa May, the Publications Assistant Sophie Jaques, and the four anonymous reviewers. For Manji (1949-2019), who passed away as this paper went to press, and his son - my beloved childhood friend - Rajesh (1975 - 2003). The author received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Belonging, citizenship, gender, Gujarati Indians, informal leisure, multiculturalism, pedestrianised speech acts, racism, researching with/on family, walking methodologies
Subjects: L600 Anthropology
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2022 11:42
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2022 11:45
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/50958

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