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Nationalism by Proxy: A Comparison of Social Movements Among Diaspora Sikhs and Hindus

Title:Nationalism by Proxy: A Comparison of Social Movements Among Diaspora Sikhs and Hindus
Author:Bidisha Biswas
Publication:Nationalism and Ethnic Politics / Frank Cass Publishers, part of the Taylor & Franci
Enumeration:vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 269-295, 2004
Abstract:There is a lack of theoretical integration and comparative analyses of diaspora nationalist movements. In this article I compare the structures of the diaspora Hindutva and Khalistan movements in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Differences in their mobilizing structures are the result of underlying ideology and strategic choices, rather than political opportunities. The Hindutva movement's use of brokerage contrasts with the Khalistan movement's reliance on gurdwara politics. In understanding mobilizing structure, greater attention should be paid to strategic choices and internal mechanisms instead of focusing solely on the external environment.

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