‘Habitable Identities’— A Review of Bindi: The Multifaceted Lives of Indo-Caribbean Women

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Title: ‘Habitable Identities’— A Review of Bindi: The Multifaceted Lives of Indo-Caribbean Women
Author: Outar, Lisa
Abstract: Our understanding of the complex journeys of women of Indian ancestry through several centuries in the Caribbean and its diasporas is expanded in valuable ways by Rosanne Kanhai’s 2011 collection Bindi: The Multifaceted Lives of Indo-Caribbean Women. In a collection commendable for its multidisciplinary nature, we learn of the particularities of Indo-Caribbean women’s agency in areas as varied as literature, art, beauty/cultural pageants, rural domestic work, religious performances, traditional healing, and their coping with the conditions of contemporary life. There is an unevenness to the collection as it moves across this disparate terrain, but in the strongest of the pieces, which include the work of Shaheeda Hosein, Gabrielle Hosein, Anita Baksh,and Paula Morgan, we depart from essentialized notions of what constitutes an Indo-Caribbean female subject to complex discussions of the multiple positionings that Indian women utilize in their engagement with concepts of femininity, Indianness, citizenship, individuality, and communal belonging
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/16304
Date: 2013-07-26


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