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”)

To review the book:


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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