Hindu Diaspora as ‘Virtual Community’: Digital Neighborhoods, Electronic Transnationalism

Juli L. Gittinger

Abstract


This article will address the conceptualization of ‘community’, extending it into the virtual community and the diaspora. I focus on the role of computer-mediated communication in facilitating these negotiations and encounters, as well as look at how traditional sites of cultural regrouping (such as the ethnic neighborhood) for the diaspora are presented online to similar effect. A close examination of one such portal, Hindu Universe, will demonstrate how electronic pathways to various cultural sites are presented and accessed, as well as reveal close ties to Hindu nationalist sources which may influence the overall tone of the ‘neighborhood’ as presented online.

Keywords


community, online, diaspora, Hinduism, transnationalism

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