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New Book on Exchange and Consumption

Sep 20, 2016

Dr. Sinah Kloß, a former fellow at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS), published her dissertation entitled “Fabrics of Indianness” with Palgrave Macmillan.

In her book “Fabrics of Indianness - The Exchange and Consumption of Clothing in Transnational Guyanese Hindu Communities”, she describes how Guyanese Hindus recreate Indian ethnic identity in contemporary Guyana and examines how Hindu traditions have been transformed in this multi-religious and multi-ethnic society. By illustrating the exchange and consumption of clothing, the book demonstrates that the practices of wearing and gifting clothes materialize and visualize relationships.

The significant outward migration of Guyanese to North America has resulted in substantial international gift exchange and transnational rituals. Applying the concept of translocality, this book demonstrates that different localities continue to influence transnational networks and socio-cultural practices. It provides a study of migration that emphasizes various aspects of material and visual closeness, conceptualizing the notion of touch.

Dr. Sinah Kloß is now Postdoctoral Researcher at the Global South Studies Center, University of Cologne (Germany) and Research Fellow at the Center for Religion, Economy and Politics at the University of Basel (Switzerland).

She wrote her dissertation at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS). Her advisor was Prof. Christiane Brosius, who holds the chair for Visual and Media Anthropology.


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