Casted masculinities in the Punjabi diaspora in Spain

Lum, K.D. ORCID: 0000-0002-8894-7578, 2016. Casted masculinities in the Punjabi diaspora in Spain. South Asian Diaspora, 8 (1), pp. 31-48. ISSN 1943-8192

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This paper discusses how young, unmarried Indian men of Punjabi origin from an ex-untouchable caste negotiate masculinity in a first-generation migration context in Barcelona, Spain. Based on fieldwork carried out over a two-year period, the paper explores how men assert their masculinity through economics, moral leadership, caste pride, and the exaltation of Indian gender norms. It discusses how the majority of young Punjabi men in Spain are “gender blind”, and adhere ideologically to a hegemonic form of masculinity. It finds that Dalit men, in response to the devaluation of their masculinity by upper-caste and Spanish men, respond by valuing their masculinity as superior and investing in upward mobility.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: South Asian Diaspora
Creators: Lum, K.D.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2016
Volume: 8
Number: 1
ISSN: 1943-8192
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 06 Oct 2016 12:36
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2017 13:52

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