This book tells the story of nearly five decades of Indian migration to Australia from the late 1960s to 2015, through the eyes of migrants and their families. Firstly, there is the marked increase of Indian migrants, shifting from the earlier professionals to a dominance of student-migrants. The India-born in Australia are the fourth largest overseas born group. Secondly, remittances flow two ways in families between Australia and India. Thirdly, family communication across borders has become instantaneous and frequent, changing the experience of migration, family and money. Fourthly, mobility replaces the earlier assumption of settlement. Recent migrants hope to settle, but the large group who have come to study face a long period of precarious mobility. Lastly, recent migrants re-imagine the joint family in Australia, buying homes to accommodate siblings and parents. This is changing the contours of some major cities in Australia.
Supriya Singh is Professor of Sociology of Communications at RMIT University, Australia. Her research interests cover gender and financial inclusion, money and banking, globalization, migration and the transnational family. Her latest books are Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective (2013) and The Girls Ate Last (2013).
Part A: Introduction.- Chapter 1: Telling the story of five decades of Indian migration to Australia.- Chapter 2: 'Dharma is dead': A Family loses a son.- Part B: Migration Money.- Chapter 3: Remittances are a currency of care.- Chapter 4: The gender of migrant money.- Chapter 5: Recent migrants transform the narrative of remittances.- Part C: Communication, Money and Family.- Chapter 6: Communication, money and the narrative of remittances.- Part D: The Migration Experience: From Settlement to Mobility.- Chapter 7: A Story of settlement.- Chapter 8: Recent student migrants: A story of mobility.- Part E: The Transnational Joint Family.- Chapter 9: Recent migrants re-imagine the joint family.- Part F: Conclusion.- Chapter 10: Conclusion: Money, migration and the family.