Generational Differences in Economic Strategies:South Asian Diaspora in Scandinavia

Singla, R. (Lecturer)

    Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

    Description

    This paper investigates some socio economic aspects of South Asian disapora in Scandinavia, primarily in Denmark. The paper is based on two studies. One is a longitudinal empirical study, the young adults' familial relationships and diasporic identities are explored. Within a theoretical framework combining social contextual theory with life course perspective, in-depth interviews were conducted with ethnic minority young adults with South Asian background primarily with India and Pakistan as country of origin (n=5). The original investigation was conducted in the mid- nineties. An analysis of the economic strategies of the young adults in relation to the country of origin shows considerable temporal differences in economic involvement, with only two of the young adults involved in direct economic strategies. Furthermore, there are significant differences in the economic strategies of the young adults as compared to the parental generation. Similarly results were seen in an ethnographic study of Gujrati Indian families in Sweden.

    The other study is an empirical study on Pakistani descendants in Denmark and their remittance to Pakistan. Within a theoretical framework of transnationalism and identity-construction the extent and nature of transnational activities among the Pakistani descendants is investigated.

    The paper proposes to discuss the complex interplay between the micro and macro level through the transformations in the intergenerational economic dynamics at the personal level in interaction with socio-economic conditions in the country of residence as well as the country of origin.

     

     

     


    Emneord: Young South Asian Diaspora in Scandinavia, Two studies, Focus on Economic Strategies in Relation to the country of origin, Remittances to Pakistan, Transnationalism, identity construction
    Period30 Jun 2007
    Event title19th Annual Meeting on Socio-Economics  (Web site: www.cbs.dk/sase): null
    Event typeConference
    Conference number19th
    LocationCopenhagen, Denmark

    Keywords

    • Young South Asian Diaspora in Scandinavia, Two studies, Focus on Economic Strategies in Relation to the country of origin, Remittances to Pakistan, Transnationalism, identity construction