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John Percival

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447301226

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447301226.001.0001

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Diasporic returns to the city: Anglo-Indian and Jewish visits to Calcutta in later life

Diasporic returns to the city: Anglo-Indian and Jewish visits to Calcutta in later life

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(p.141) Seven Diasporic returns to the city: Anglo-Indian and Jewish visits to Calcutta in later life
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Return migration in later life
Author(s):

Alison Blunt

Jayani Bonnerjee

Noah Hysler-Rubin

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447301226.003.0007

This chapter examines return visits to Calcutta by retired members of the Anglo-Indian and Jewish communities who have migrated to London, Toronto and Israel since 1947. The chapter contributes to broader debates about return visits and migrations, the connections between cities, communities and diasporas, and the meanings and experiences of return in later life. Drawing on interviews with retired Anglo-Indian and Jewish Calcuttans, the paper argues that decisions to return – and not to return – are shaped by ideas about the city as home more than the nation as homeland. Moreover, returns to the city are also, in different and sometimes contested ways, returns to the community and are experienced and understood in terms of wider narratives of urban and community continuity and change.

Keywords:   Diasporas, City, Later life, Return visits

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