School of Law

GLOCUL and OU: Networks, Narratives, and Community Formation in the Lives of Gujarati Indians in New York and London by Maritsa V. Poros

25 April 2013

Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Venue: Queen Mary, University of London, Room 3.1, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3JB

GLOCUL: The Centre for Culture and Law at Queen Mary, University of London and the Open University present:

The notion of community, despite its long history as a focus of sociological inquiry, remains largely unexplained by immigration researchers. This talk explores the foundations of 'ethnic community', the processes by which ethnic communities form, and the shape and character of ethnic communities as mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion. It does so through an examination of migrant's social networks and the narratives about 'community' that travel through them - shedding light on the divergences between claims to community and the realities of networks to show us what community may really mean in the everyday lives of immigrants.

Maritsa V. Poros is Associate Professor of Sociology and International Studies at The City College of New York and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of Modern Migrations: Gujarati Indian Networks in New York and London (Stanford University Press, 2011) and the forthcoming Key Concepts in Migration (SAGE). Her work on international migration and ethnic communities has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.