Mobility/Stability: British Asian cultures of ‘landscape and Englishness'

Tolia-Kelly, Divya P (2006) Mobility/Stability: British Asian cultures of ‘landscape and Englishness'. Environment and Planning A, 38 (2). pp. 341-358. ISSN 0308-518X

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This paper examines the way in which the (British) Asian diaspora creates a territory of
belonging and a cultural nationalism within the British landscape. New, British Asian cultures
of Englishness are figured through the experience of mobility from `other' landscapes to England.
The expression of new hybrids of cultural nationalism based on cultures of Englishness and landscape
are presented in the tangible forms of Asian women's drawings of `landscapes of belonging' and their
material cultures at home. The Englishness that is expressed through these cultures is examined as
a mobile culture that has shifted in meaning and form through the various migrations of the diaspora
from sites of colonial governance. The acknowledgement of mobility reveals how new cultural nation-
alisms rely on souvenirs and sacred objects, contributing to a new moral aesthetics of home and thus
creating an inclusive culture of Englishness. The home incorporates a new space where the English-
ness of Victoriana and textures of Indianess or Africaness are sites of memorial to mobility itself.
The British Asian diaspora creates spatially transferable, mobile cultures of nationalism, expressed
through material registers of English landscape aesthetics. The English landscape itself is examined
as refractive of lived landscapes abroad and explored through the diasporic lens. Englishness in this
paper is based on a `territory of culture', unfixed from any singular national identity, land, or discrete
national culture, but located in the cultures of desire of belonging to England.

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Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
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