Migration, development and inequality: Eastern Punjabi transnationalism

Taylor, Steve, Singh, Manjit and Booth, Deborah (2007) Migration, development and inequality: Eastern Punjabi transnationalism. Global Networks, 7 (3). pp. 328-347. ISSN 1470-2266

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-0374.2007.00172.x


Drawing on original, ethnographic research in India and the UK, in this article we discuss the impact of transnational activity on the Doaba region of East Punjab, India. We argue that some recent studies have underplayed some of the less progressive consequences of Indian transnationalism. In particular, we contend that they have underestimated the extent of division between transnational migrants and Indian non-migrants and downplayed the relationship between transnationalism and caste inequality. This empirical study of transnationalism, when placed in the context of the dynamic caste relations of East Punjab, supports those who contend that access to international migration is becoming an increasingly significant component of contemporary global social stratification, with the ‘broad’ transnational processes of capitalist globalization driving the ‘narrow’ transnationalism studied here. In this article, we question any straightforwardly progressive relationship between transnationalism and ‘development’ within East Punjab, and suggest that the arguments presented have a resonance beyond northwest India.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transnationalism, East Punjab, remittances, inequality, development
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
T300 South Asian studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2016 09:02
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/26557

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