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A very important article to read, especially for Americans. In the article, all references to “Indian”, such as Indian diaspora means from India, and not American Indian.
From “JOURNAL OF ETHNIC AND MIGRATION STUDIES, 2017 VOL. 43, NO. 16, 2756–2770 “Caste, kinship and the realisation of ‘American Dream’: high-skilled Telugu migrants in the U.S.A. By Sanam Roohia,a,b
aAmsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands; bNational Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India
ABSTRACT
Literature on the Indian diaspora domiciled in the U.S.A. largely portrays the group as educated, highly skilled migrants in pursuit of their American Dream, without critically engaging with the regionally particularised migration trajectories that predispose only certain groups to become skilled migrants from the global South to the North. Migration studies bracket skilled migrants as those who make rational choices and choose formal routes to migrate whereas unskilled migrants often rely on informal channels of kinship or ethnicity to migrate. Unsettling this proposition, in this article, based on an ethnographic study of the high-skilled Telugu professionals in the U.S.A. and their families living in Coastal Andhra, India, I show how aspirational and topographical migration pathways from Coastal Andhra to the U.S.A. are created and sustained through networks of kinship, caste and endogamous transnational marriage alliances. These high-skilled migrants (doctors, engineers and scientists) from the dominant castes have successfully manoeuvred spatial mobility and social upward mobility by utilising ‘caste capital’ within a transnational social field. Moreover, decades of migration from the dominant castes have shaped a caste-inflected transnational habitus among its members who see migration of their youth to the U.S.A. as desirable, and at times, also inevitable.
” Sanam Roohi (2017) “Caste, kinship and the realisation of ‘American Dream’: high-skilled Telugu migrants in the U.S.A., Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43:16, 2756-2770, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1314598















Sanam Roohi (2017) “Caste, kinship and the realisation of ‘American Dream’: high-skilled Telugu migrants in the U.S.A.“, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43:16, 2756-2770, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1314598
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2017.1314598