Susan Thomas to Discuss: Sociality and Reciprocity among Indian Student-Migrants
On Tuesday, February 6, the South Asia Center has the pleasure of hosting Professor Thomas who will examine the migratory lives of middle class youth from India pursuing their education in the United States. This talk draws from ethnographic fieldwork to theorize the connections between migrant social networks and anthropological notions of reciprocity. Specifically, it argues that Indian student migrants' practices of sociality produce and disrupt multiple webs of social attachments hinging on competitiveness, expectations of reciprocal exchange, and sacrifice.
Susan Thomas is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University.
The lecture will take place in 341 Eggers Hall at 12:30PM.