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: 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’.

Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar

Jasvinder Sidhu, a colleague from RMIT who led an Australian group on a visit to Punjab, took a copy of The Girls Ate Last to present to Dr. Sukhbir K Mahal, Principal of Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar. My mother was the College’s founding Principal, 1969-1972.  As a result I have connected again with the College through its Principal.

Jasvinder presenting the book

Jasvinder presenting the book

Inder Kaur, Founding Principal Khalsa College for Women, 1969-1972
Inder Kaur, Founding Principal Khalsa College for Women, 1969-1972

The Australian Group in front of Khalsa College for Women

The Australian Group in front of Khalsa College for Women

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.

Book launch event: The Girls Ate Last

Angsana Publications, Eltham Bookshop and Machan Restaurant invite you to the launch of The Girls Ate Last on 2 October 2013 (Gandhi Jayanti), 6.30-9.30pm.Cost: Single: $50.00; Couple: $80.00.

This includes a welcome drink, an Indian feast, a signed copy of The Girls Ate Last or a $20.00 gift voucher per package. Prepaid early bookings are essential: +61 3 9439 8700 or

Thanks. The event is sold out.

The Melbourne launch was an overwhelming and humbling experience. It was a sold out event with 90 people at Machan for a vegetarian meal on Gandhi Jayanti. An evening of friendship, good will and connection. A particular thank you to Raj Ji for launching the book with such sincerity and authenticity. Also thank you to Meera Govil of the Eltham Book Shop for organising the event and believing in the book.

Thank you. We will post the photographs shortly.

Glenis, David, Yaso, Meredith and her husbandManjit at the launch Meera Govil of Eltham Bookshop Annette, Simrita, Liz and Mari at the launchRaj Ji launching The Girls Ate Last Sunil and Avjay recording the launch Supriya speaking at the launch 2 The launchSupriya speaking at the launch Supriya with the flowers from Eltham BookshopBook signing

Money, Migration and Family: India to Australia

Supriya Singh is Professor, Sociology of Communications, at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She lives in her homes in Melbourne and Dharamshala, and has two sons and three grandsons.

Her latest book is Money, Migration and Family: India to Australia published by Palgrave Macmillan in August 2016.



This book tells the story of nearly five decades of Indian migration to Australia from the late 1960s to 2015, through the eyes of migrants and their families. Firstly, there is the marked increase of Indian migrants, shifting from the earlier professionals to a dominance of student-migrants. The India-born in Australia are the fourth largest overseas born group. Secondly, remittances flow two ways in families between Australia and India. Thirdly, family communication across borders has become instantaneous and frequent, changing the experience of migration, family and money. Fourthly, mobility replaces the earlier assumption of settlement. Recent migrants hope to settle, but the large group who have come to study face a long period of precarious mobility. Lastly, recent migrants re-imagine the joint family in Australia, buying homes to accommodate siblings and parents. This is changing the contours of some major cities in Australia.


Her other recent books are The Girls Ate Last and Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective.

Supriya was awarded the RMIT University Research Excellence Award 2014 for the College of Business.