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Diasporas Transforming Homelands

Nuancing ‘Collective Remittance’ Practices in Rural Gujarat

This study of a village in North Gujarat is not based on why people migrate nor on why they develop emotional and material stakes in the homeland but rather on the effects and meanings that migration and collective remittances would hold for individuals or groups in places of origin. This search for meanings would entail an understanding of the values, structures and expectations that inhere in acts of giving.

This paper is an outcome of the broader research work undertaken on “Migration, Diaspora and Social Transformation in India,” during my stint as C R Parekh Fellow 2012–13 at the Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics. This paper is another version of my ARC working paper 59, July 2013. My sincere gratitude to Ruth Kattumuri and Athar Hussain of the ARC for their valuable suggestions on this theme. My heartfelt thanks are due to all the village respondents for sharing their experiences.

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