Reviews of ‘Money, Migration and Family: India to Australia’

The book has now been published. See http://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137557162

Here are the reviews:

 “Supriya Singh’s work is acclaimed for its penetrating contemplation of money and its relationship to identity, belonging and caregiving across the life-courses of the migration process and in every pocket of migrants’ lives. Singh tells the story of over 50 years of Indian-Australian migration history through the movement and meanings of the hard won remittances that flow from migrant to homeland and the monetary gifts that flow in the opposite direction. She excels at illuminating the cultural stickiness imbued in money that binds and disrupts individuals, families and communities within transnational, national and global economic frames.” (Professor Loretta Baldassar, Discipline Chair of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Western Australia)

“This is a phenomenal study of transnational Indian family networks. Based on more than a decade of ethnographic research on Indians in Australia, Supriya Singh shows how money intersects the extended family networks transnationally, sustains gender relations, and transforms the nature of global money flows. This book will be an invaluable resource for scholars working on migration, diaspora and transnationalism.” (Ajaya K. Sahoo, Editor, “South Asian Diaspora”)

To review the book: http://www.palgrave.com/gp/media-centre/book-review-process

 

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The Future of Money – an evening to celebrate local author Supriya Singh’s cutting edge book Globalization and Money April 2nd

ELTHAMbookshop, Diamond Valley Oxfam and Inbooks present

 

 

 

Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective, a timely book by Professor Supriya Singh, explores how men and women, particularly the poor and the unbanked in the Global South, use money to empower themselves and their families. Migrants send money home to show they care for their families and communities left behind.Yet these remittances are far from symbolic; instead they represent more than three times the total amount of official development assistance.

The book combines theory and many revealing, engaging individual accounts from countries in the global south including Kenya and India. These stories show how money is symbolic of personal relationships, interconnected markets, the half of the world that is unbanked and gender disparities. The story of globalisation is also a story of the absence of women from the headlines, from financial inclusion, access to technology and from wealth.

Professor Bill Maurer, University of California, Irvine, has commended the book as charting a course for a new global sociology of money for the twenty-first century.Money is changing – in its flows, its figurings, its very form.Supriya Singh’smarvellous book demonstrates how much of this change today is coming from the Global South.”

Professor Singh is a Professor, Sociology of Communications in the Graduate School of Business and Law at RMIT. She also leads the Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre in the College of Business, Co-convenes Asia@RMIT and is Program Leader of the Community, Migration and Development research stream in the Global Cities Research Institute. Professor Singh’s research includes the sociology of money, banking and migration; user-centred design of information and communication technologies; and qualitative research methodology.

This evening will be introduced by Lyn Richards, Adjunct Professor at RMIT University. She authored four books on Australian family life as Associate Professor in Sociology  at LaTrobe University, before her qualitative research in family and community led to the development, with Tom Richards, of what rapidly became the world’s leading qualitative analysis software.  Her most recent book, Handling Qualitative Data, was the first textbook providing standards and techniques for the rigorous handling of qualitative data in the age of software support. In her university role Lyn taught qualitative methods at undergraduate and graduate level, supervising Masters and PhD students (including Supriya!) and later she taught and worked with many thousands of graduates, faculty  and practicing researchers in 14 countries.

Date: April 2nd

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: Machan Indian Restaurant, Main Road, Eltham

Cost: $70.00 includes a welcome drink, traditional Indian Thali meal, a copy of the book or a $40.00 gift voucher and the talk by Professor Supriya Singh

Prepaid bookings are essential:9439 8700

elthambookshop@bigpond.com

 

RMIT News An exploration of globalisation and money

A new book by RMIT University Professor Supriya Singh investigates how globalisation is transforming the world of money.

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Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective explores how men and women, particularly the poor and the unbanked in the Global South, use money to empower themselves and their families.

Professor Singh said the book combined theory and individual stories to show how money was symbolic of personal relationships and interconnected markets, the half of the world that was unbanked, and gender disparities.

“This story of globalisation is also a story of the absence of women from the headlines, from financial inclusion, access to technology and from wealth,” she said.

“In charting the relationships between banking and money management, my research has found that the banking patterns of men and women are tied to their management of money in the household.”

Professor Singh draws a similar connection between remittances as one of the largest international flow of funds and family money.

Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective (Rowman and Littlefield).

“Migrants send money home to show they care for their families and communities left behind,” she said.

“Yet these remittances are far from symbolic; instead they represent more than three times the total amount of official development assistance.”

Professor Bill Maurer, University of California, Irvine, has commended the book as charting “a course for a new global sociology of money for the twenty-first century”.

“Money is changing – in its flows, its figurings, its very form,” he said.

“Supriya Singh’s marvellous book demonstrates how much of this change today is coming from the Global South.”

Professor Singh is a Professor, Sociology of Communications in theGraduate School of Business and Law.

She also leads the Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre in the College of Business, Co-convenes Asia@RMIT and is Program Leader of the Community, Migration and Development research stream in the Global Cities Research Institute.

Professor Singh’s research includes the sociology of money, banking and migration; user-centred design of information and communication technologies; and qualitative research methodology.

The book was recently launched by Professor Geoffrey Stokes, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, in the College of Business.

The launch was held at RMIT and supported by the Eltham Bookshop.

Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective is published by Rowman and Littlefield.

Inviting our Delhi friends

We are pleased to invite you for an afternoon of conversation between us on Supriya Singh’s The Girls Ate Last:  Partition, Education and the life of Inder Kaur.

Inder Kaur, the author’s mother, grew up in the early 20th century. Girls were expected to eat last after the men and boys, and were often given only a few years of schooling. It is a story of women that is still repeated. With a Year 8 education, Inder Kaur turned the Partition of India into a personal victory. Seeking employment in Delhi, she educated herself one step at a time, as her marriage and home disintegrated, to become the founding principal of three women’s colleges.

This story of changing gender and kinship frameworks is also a story of love and loss. But in the end it is a story of a woman having the courage to value herself and helping other women do the same.

Venue: Indian Women’s Press Corp (IWPC), 5 Windsor Place, Ashoka Road, Tel:  +91 11 2332 5366

Date: Friday, March 7, 2014

Time: 3.30 – 5.30 pm

Please join us for tea after the reading and discussion. The book will be available at the IWPC. It is also available on http://www.manoharbooks.com/

An RSVP to either of us would be appreciated.

Anita Anand,  Director, Com First (India) Private Ltd    aa.comfirst@gmail.com

Supriya Singh, Professor and Author, supriya.singh@rmit.edu.au

 

 

From The Sunday Tribune, 2 March 2014

By Neha Saini

Observing the world around her, a renowned sociologist and scholar turned her into an author. While Supriya Singh had been sharing her own experiences through her books, her latest is about her mother.

Titled “Girls Ate Last: Partition, Education and the Life of Inder Kaur,” the book is about Singh’s mother who was one of the leading educationists and founding principal of three colleges including the Khalsa College of Education for Women. At a book launch and reading session, the author opened up about the purpose of writing a memoir to her mother and the sociological gender disparities during one of the darkest times in the country’s history. “Partition was responsible for dislocation of the close-knit family network of our society at the time, which kept the women home-bound and secluded. There were a lot of silences in our social history about women, but during Partition and after that, the women were forced to think and act, pushed by circumstances. My mother’s story is quite similar and so I wanted to share it,” shares the Melbourne-based author.,,,

Giving details of her mother, from Inder Kaur’s birth in 1911 to her growing up years in Pakistan, Partition and her education in Delhi after that, the book traces sensitive gender issues. “Girls were supposed to eat last in the household, only after all the men in family were done eating. They had limited education and never encouraged to ask what they want, but only to pick between the choices given to them. Girls knew that they got less than the boys in the family, but never created fuss about it,” says Singh, who has earlier written extensively about money and social shaping.

But her book is also a story of survival and enablement. “It was not women liberalisation that prompted my mother to pursue education post-Partition, but a simple, traditional reason that her daughters should get good education. She took up teaching my elder sister Punjabi and later gave private tuitions to the kids in her school. It was also a source of income for her household. While she did that, encouraged by the response she completed her graduation. The fact that she received honour for what she could give, turned her survival turned into emancipation when she wanted to pursue her Master’s in Punjabi, she was one of the first two women in Delhi University during 1956 to study Punjabi.”

From there, her journey into becoming one of the leading educationists and founding principal of Khalsa College for women became an inspiration. Surpiya believes that the biggest driving force for her mother was the Partition. “Some of the biggest movements of the twentieth century like the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy, Namdhari movement and many, bypassed my mother. But the Partition shook her to the core and changed her life. Her reaction to it was that she could get an education, worked towards enabling other girls do the same, with a quiet feminity,” says Supriya …

Next on her agenda seems to be re-connecting with her Punjabi roots. “I have never really experienced Punjab, but through my research, I have been travelling to villages, small towns and interacting with people about their lives. So, my next book is already in the making,” she signs off.

 

 

Amritsar Rotary Club, Civil Lines, hosts a conversation

At the Rotary Club Civil Lines, AmritsarAmritsar’s Rotary Club, Civil Lines, hosted a very gracious launch of the Indian edition of The Girls Ate Last: Partition, Education  and the Life of Inder Kaur. I was touched by the honour of the flower rangoli and the lighting of the lamp. We had a rich conversation about continuing gender disparity; Partition, survival and education; family breakup and parental communication; friendship; love and loss. I would particularly like to thank Dr Sant Prakash Singh Dhillon and Penny for this evening of friendship and dialogue followed by a sumptuous dinner.

Penny and I                    The flower rangoli      Lighting the lamp


Indian editions out now

The Indian hardback edition of The Girls Ate Last: Partition, Education and the Life of Inder Kaur is now being distributed in India by Manohar Publishers and Distributors. It retails for Rs 595. It is available on www. manoharbooks.com

Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective is published in India by Orient BlackSwan. It is available in hardback for Rs 775 on http://www.orientblackswan.com/display.asp?categoryID=27&isbn=978-81-250-5112-1