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Home, UprootedOral Histories of India’s Partition$
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Devika Chawla

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256433

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256433.001.0001

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Home, Uprooted

Devika Chawla

Fordham University Press

This chapter provides a storied contemplation on the conceptual nexus of home, travel, and identity in cross-generational oral histories of refugees of India’s Partition. Refugees are persons without homes who are residing in between geographies and nationalities, and between border people and border identities. The chapter also narrates the author’s experience of being a refugee—moving from state to state with her father’s jobs, and living in boarding school for most of her adolescent life. She said that the concept of home can be understood in terms of “belonging”—items and artifacts of material culture that they choose to carry with them as they move.

Keywords:   Partition of India, belonging, refugee, nationalities, geographies

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