Journal article

Dreams and Desserts: Indigenous Migration, Service, and Mobility in India

D Kikon

International Journal of Communication | University of Southern California | Published : 2018


This article focuses on the pathways of indigenous migrants from Northeast India and examines their lives as workers in the hospitality industry. Experiences of indigenous migrants allows us to study emerging trends of indigenous mobility and consumption in India. Indigenous migration from Northeast India is distinct because it is a movement away from a slash-and-burn subsistence agriculture and a sense of belonging determined by ethnic politics focused on autonomous homelands. In addition, experiences of indigenous migrants from the highlands of Northeast India with their un-Indian looks and their English-language skills present them as desirable workers in the hospitality industry.

University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences

Funding Acknowledgements

This article is part of a research project titled "The Indian Underbelly: Marginalisation, Migration and State Intervention in the Periphery." I am grateful to my research collaborator Professor Bengt G. Karlsson for his comments and contribution to the project. This research has been supported by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, Grant No. P12-1342:1.