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Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbiaii. The Postcolonial Bildungsroman as First Philosophical Text. The very definition of a genre is problematic, given the. Abstract. This essay studies the issues of subjectivity and identity in The Buddha of Suburbia, the debut novel by the British Asian writer Hanif Kureishi. The Buddha of suburbia by Hanif Kureishi; 1 edition; First published in ; Subjects: Protected DAISY, Accessible book, In library.
Furthermore, the strategies of the immigrants to cope with these problems in order to survive in Britain will also be dealt with and the question of whether these problems would be solved in the near future will be raised in this paper.
Type of Study: Anahtar Kelimeler: Olgu Sunumu If you live in a multicultural society like Britain, it is inevitable that you might come across with some problems such as racial and religious discriminations and as an extension of these, you may go through identity crisis. Some sociological studies reveal that identity may be defined as the sameness of a person at all times under all circumstances and the uniqueness of identity rises from the fact that a person is itself and not like anybody else.
Under the light of the above-mentioned factors, it may be assumed that in The Buddha of Suburbia, most of the immigrant characters cannot completely identify with the English society due to the assumption of being always the other. In addition to these, Hall argues that identity is not a stable thing and it is open to changes and development: History changes your conception of yourself.
Thus, another critical thing about identity is that it is partly the relationship between you and the Other. Only when there is an Other can you know who you are. They have to know who they are not in order to know who they are They are not Black, they are not Indian or Asian, but they are not Europeans and they are not Frogs either and on and on And there is no identity that is without the dialogic relationship to the Other.
The Other is not outside, but also inside the Self, the identity. So identity is a process, identity is split. Identity is not a fixed point but an ambivalent point. Identity is also the relationship of the Other to oneself , To clarify the point, one cannot know or define what day is without comparing it with night.
And as a parallel to this, the majority in UK cannot know, who they are without comparing themselves with the minorities or immigrants in UK. In other words, it can be suggested that to be born into an immigrant family in England is to be born into the third space, which paves the way for constructing new identities.
He is in a state of limbo, as he is a hybrid boy, having an English mother and an Indian father. After having a comparative look at younger and elder immigrants, it can be suggested that their reactions towards the English culture and their identity-constructions differ.
The second generation immigrants in England develop a different kind of identity, which can be defined as a British Asian identity and which is not the same as being an Indian born in India.
This issue is given through the main character, Karim in the novel. As he was born in England, he is likened to the English people who have lax morals. Being a British Asian is something not accepted even by the Indians themselves.
This may arise from the fact that the grown-up immigrants did not try to become a part of mainstream English society.
They preferred to live within their small circle. Contrary to them, their children or the second generation immigrants began to mingle with the English society. The elders wanted to continue their lives in England, but did not want to become a part of the WASP culture.
In The Buddha of Suburbia, it is shown that the first generation of the Indian immigrants migrate to England for having better educational opportunities. But in England, everything turns upside down and he becomes a clerk in the Civil Service for 3 Pound a week and begins to suffer from poverty and hunger. Similarly, Jeeta, who was an Indian princess, becomes a suburban shopkeeper in England.
The real England was very different from the one in his dreams. Contrary to his expectations, England was very class-conscious and very racist.
Racism and discrimination seem to be important problems for both the first and the second generation of the immigrants in London and although Karim is half-English, he cannot escape from racial discrimination. However, his friend Helen becomes the mouthpiece of the white people, who like blacks and Indians. We like you being here. In the novel, it has been observed that due to black and white, us and them attitude, racist actions are on the foreground. Karim says: The area in which Jamila lived was closer to London than our suburbs, and far poorer.
It was full of neo-fascist groups, thugs who had their own pubs and clubs and shops. They also operated outside the schools and colleges and football grounds, like Millwall and Crystall Palace.
At night they roamed the streets, beating Asians and shoving shit and burning rags through their letter- boxes. Frequently the mean, white, hating faces had public meetings and the Union Jacks were paraded through the streets, protected by the police. There was no evidence that these people would go away — no evidence that their power would diminish rather than increase.
The lives of Anwar and Jeeta and Jamila were pervaded by fear of violence. Jeeta kept buckets of water around her bed in case the shop was fire-bombed in the night. Kureishi, Racist groups are well- organized and obviously, even the police is on their side. Therefore, ethnic minorities may become victims of violence at any time.
It is striking that these sports are certainly Eastern-originated.
In the novel, it is observed that young Indians come together in small groups to protect themselves against the racial attacks, as it is observed among the young Turks in Germany. Changez says to Karim, as the latter is half English: The number of morals you have equals none!
What is striking in the novel is that each party has a tendency to praise his own physical qualities and to look down upon the other races as inferior or as evil. For the black Indian man, the white English man is the evil, whereas for the white English man, black Indian man is the evil.
In other words, what is different is something to be afraid of and is something evil. Racial discrimination can be observed not only in the streets, but also at schools and in the education system.
This may be because of the fact that education is given less importance than earning money among the minorities since the immigrant children have to work for supporting their families financially.
Haroon and - as the name implies already - Princess Jeeta, for example, were born into a high caste back in India. After they had gone to England, their social status had declined dramatically. When in Britain increasingly more labour was needed to be done in offices, some men started taking jobs as clerks and secretaries.
Working in these positions was acceptable for most of the men, but they did not consider it appropriate for their sons to have a similar occupation.
That is why only very few boys whose fathers were occupied in a non-manual profession entered this kind of job themselves. Thus, there cannot be any doubt that the Amirs constitute a typical lower middle class family. Nevertheless, it is not only white-collar workers that account for the whole lower middle class. Over four-fifths of the self-employed are male.
BoS 26 , the latter runs a central heating business cf. BoS If Ted did the same before he stopped working, we can only guess. From his former success, however, we can infer that he must have been fairly industrious. Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis are overrepresented […].
Being usually not discriminated like other immigrants, Indians and Pakistanis can be seen as assimilated into British culture.
Of course, the rule of living in a diverse metropolis does not prove right for all the time of his life. Having grown up in the London suburb of Bromley, Karim had to face narrow-mindedness at first and was, indeed, rather an exception in his neighbourhood as far as skin colour is concerned.
If he had wanted to fit in, he would have had to play according to certain rules, which was impossible to him. We could have been from Bombay. We'd never catch up.
He should be familiar with this kind of fashion and their language, and, in fact, one would suspect him not to be different to that at all.
Kureishi, however, goes further than that to create a strong contrast.