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Volume 1 Issue 6

November 2014

Globalization and the Crisis of Cultural Identity: A Critique of Salman Rushdie’s The Ground Beneath Her Feet
Mr. Manjeet Kumar Kashyap, 
Researcher, 
Department of English, 
Banaras Hindu University, 
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Abstract
The paper proposes to discuss the issues related to “globalization and crisis of cultural identity” in Salman Rushdie’s The Ground Beneath Her Feet (1999), which describes the contemporary situation in the context of postcolonial multiculturalism. Apparently, in the scenario of globalization, there is transmission of knowledge and transportation of technology, trade, goods but the culture, tradition and identity of a particular race cannot be transported in the same manner. In The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Rushdie shows how the migrants face different types of problems in travelling and much higher in the migrated country. Vina can fly to India because of her US Passport, but within America she faces the problems like prejudice and threats to her travel. Her mother and step-father have to secure a place in the school-bus. They explain Vina and her sister that their “darkness was not Negro darkness, they were Indians from India and didn’t need to be discriminated against, they could ride on the bus along with the regular kids” (The Ground Beneath Her Feet 105)
Keywords
Globalization; Cultural Identity; Ethnicity; Postcolonial Multiculturalism; Salman Rushdie; The Ground Beneath Her Feet.
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