Managing Identities and Diversities in the Age of Internet and Virtual Networks: A Case Study of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin
In the current age of the internet and knowledge networking it has become possible for communities to consolidate themselves through virtual networks cutting across geographical borders and reaching out seamlessly to their diasporic identities spread out globally. While the virtual presence of the communities strengthens the articulation of their identities in multi cultural settings, it also provides a channel for managing diversities in specific socio political situations. In this context this paper seeks to examine, in general, the case of GOPIO in the consolidation and articulation of the Indian cultural identity through virtual networking, and in particular, as a channel for managing diversities in the socio-political situation of Quebec region in Canada. It also seeks to examine, within the larger cultural identity of GOPIO, the mediation of other virtual networks along social categories such as those of caste, ethnicity and gender and their influence on the management of identities and diversities.
Keywords: Internet, Knowledge Networking, virtual Communities, Cultural Identity, Diversity
Dr. Malathi Subramanian
Former Principal, Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi