Vol. 6, Issue 8 (2019)
Metamorphosis of identities through migration
Author(s): Dr. Ajit Kumar, Dr. Vinod Kumar
Abstract: This research paper endeavours to establish that the answer to the question ‘who am I?’ is inextricably embedded in the exploration of another question ‘where am I?’ This ‘whereness’ enables or constrains socio-economic relations, and thereby socio-economic spaces of a community. In India this ‘whereness’ becomes much more important because space is occupied on the caste lines. Place or space is a signifier of one’s identity. So, if one has to witness a metamorphosis in one’s identity, one has to transform one’s space. Through a case study of 160 Christian Dalits, 180 Non-Dalit Christians and 160 Hindu Dalits households in Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts of Kerala, one of the southern states of India, this paper tries to encapsulate the unparalleled metamorphosis of identities and thereby of socio-economic spaces of Christian Dalits through international migration. Thus, it deciphers the contours of socio-economic transformation ingrained in spatiality.