Date(s) - 18/11/15
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
The Global War on Terror and Immigrant Organizational Agency: The Case of Pakistani Diaspora Organizations in London, Toronto and New York City
By Ali R. Chaudhary (University of Oxford)
Globalisation, Transnationalism & Development (GTD) Colloquium organized in association with Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE)
Abstract: To what extent does the global regulatory environment associated with the U.S.-led War on Terror constrain the agency of Pakistani diaspora organizations facilitating immigrant incorporation and transnational engagement? Using the case of Pakistani diaspora organizations in London, Toronto and New York City, this lecture bridges the literatures on migrant organizations and organization studies by comparatively analyzing how the regulatory environment associated with the global “war on terror” affects the experiences, strategies and behaviors of Pakistani organizations in three different places of settlement: London, Toronto and NYC. Data come from 131 in-depth interviews and over 200 hours of participant observation. Findings reveal that Pakistani non-profits experience a similar global organizational stigma across these three different sociopolitical and organizational environments and that the high costs associated with stigma management ultimately constrain the abilities of Pakistani organizations to fulfill both their local and transnationally-oriented objectives and missions.
Ali R. Chaudhary is a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the International Migration Institute, at the University of Oxford, where he is working on a European Commission funded project-Transnational Migration, Citizenship and the Circulation of Rights and Responsibilities. He is a sociologist who uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate the political, economic, and socio-cultural consequences of international migration. His research interests lies at the intersection of international migration, political sociology, race & ethnicity and organization studies.
Upcoming GTD colloquium:
-Wednesday 16, December 2015: Heidi Østbø Haugen (University of Oslo)