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Lone Star MuslimsTransnational Lives and the South Asian Experience in Texas$
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Ahmed Afzal

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479855346

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479855346.001.0001

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“Pakistanis Have Always Been Radio People”

“Pakistanis Have Always Been Radio People”

Transnational Media, Business Imperatives, and Homeland Politics

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Lone Star Muslims

Ahmed Afzal

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on Pakistani radio programming in Houston to examine the complex intertwining of transnational religious belonging with projects of diasporic nationhood. In Houston, Pakistani radio is central to mediated negotiations of transnational and diasporic community formations on the one hand and the exigencies of the global neoliberal market economy on the other. The chapter traces the development of Pakistani radio from the 1970s to the present as it was transformed from a community-centered initiative into a business enterprise. An examination of radio illustrates how Pakistani politics range from the airing of personal conflicts to the coverage of religion and homeland politics, especially the volatile relationship between India and Pakistan. These mass-mediated engagements demonstrate the roles of diasporic nationhood and transnational Islam in the production and reception of Pakistani radio programming in Houston today.

Keywords:   Pakistani radio, diasporic nationhood, Pakistani politics, transnational Islam

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