Small business as a transnational family strategy: A focus on Indian migrants in Australia and Singapore

Small business as a transnational family strategy: A focus on Indian migrants in Australia and Singapore

By Prof. Supriya Singh

Professor, Sociology of Communications,

RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

on

8th March 2014 (Saturday), 2:30 p.m.

@ Committee Room. 13, CSSS II

Jawaharlal Nehru University

In this presentation I argue that small business is important for Indian migrants in Australia and Singapore as a strategy for keeping the transnational family together. This is in addition to business being an avenue for employment and economic mobility while also being a strategy for return. The family aspects of small business come through in stories of starting a family business in Australia as a way of supporting a joint or extended family in Australia. Managing or starting a small business in India; considering the option of joining the family business; or operating a businessin India as well as the country of destination are other ways of connecting the two parts of the transnational family. This presentation is focused on a preliminary analysis of open-ended interviews between November 2013 and February 2014 with 10 transnational families (8 bridging India and Australia and 2 India and Singapore) involving 40 persons. Interviews with another six migrants in Singapore, four in Australia and 11 families in India accounting for a total of 25 persons also contributed to the analysis.

 

 

Time and Place:

Date:   Saturday, Mar 08, 2014
Venue:   Committee Room. 13, CSSS II Jawaharlal Nehru University
Address:   Committee Room. 13, CSSS II Jawaharlal Nehru University
City/Twon:   New Delhi
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