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

 

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Prof Geoffrey Stokes to launch Globalization and Money

Professor Supriya Singh’s Book Launch ‘Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective’

This book will be launched by Professor Geoffrey Stokes, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor, Research (College of Business), RMIT.Date: Tuesday, 10 December
Time: 3.00-5.00pm (followed by drinks and canapés)
Venue: Building 80, Level 2, Room 2
RSVP: aastha.swaroop@rmit.edu.au by Friday, 6 December for cateringEltham Bookshop will be supporting the event with books for sale and signing.

Globalization and Money explores how men and women, particularly the poor and the unbanked in the global South, use money in ways that empower themselves and their families. Professor Singh deftly weaves theory and individual stories to show how money is emblematic of interconnected markets, the half the world that is unbanked and gender disparities. This story of globalization is also a story of the absence of women from the headlines, from financial inclusion, access to technology and from wealth.

Professor Singh shows how men’s and women’s banking patterns are tied to their management of money in the household. Migrants send money home to show they care for their families and communities left behind. Yet these remittances are more than three times the total amount of official development assistance.

Professor Viviana Zelizer, Princeton University, says: ‘Globalization and new technologies are transforming the world of money. In this pioneering study, Supriya Singh offers a sweeping and compelling account of these changes’.

Prof Bill Maurer, University of California, Irvine, says: ‘.. this book charts a course for a new global sociology of money for the twenty-first century’.

Presentation at the Melbourne South Asian Study Group

My presentation will be based on my two new books: The Girls Ate Last and Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective at the Melbourne South Asian Group on Friday 22 November, at the Australia India Institute, 147-149 Barry Street, Carlton, at 5.15 pm.

The first perspective is a personal one published in the book The Girls Ate Last. It is based on my mother’s story, 1911-1996. 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, my mother turned the Partition of India into a personal victory. Having to seek 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.

The second related picture is in Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective. It is a story of globalization but also a story of the absence of women from the headlines, from financial inclusion, access to technology and from wealth. Women are half the world’s population, do most of the work, produce half the food in the world, earn 10 percent of the income and own one percent of the property. A gender focus to poverty and exclusion is increasingly becoming important. But gender and empowerment remains a story still to be told.