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

The book has now been published. See

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”)

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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.