A new collection that studies marginalized transnational immigrants, and was edited by York University sociology professors Guida Man and Rina Cohen, will be launched on campus on Sept. 30.
Engendering Transnational Voices: Studies in Family, Work, and Identity was published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press earlier this summer, and includes contributions from Cohen’s and Man’s sociology colleagues Nancy Mandell, Ann Kim, Tania Das Gupta, Katharine King and Natalie Weiser.
“The major goal of this project was to give voice to marginalized transnational immigrants,” said Man. “It fills a gap in the transnationalism literature by bringing together original papers that examine the transnational practices and identities of immigrant women, youth, children, and the elderly in an era of global migration and neoliberalism.”
York University has one of the largest sociology departments in the country committed to doing critical research, particularly in the area of women, work and migration.
“The book idea grew out of a series of very successful Canadian Sociological Association conference sessions that Guida and I have organized for over seven years,” said Cohen.
Both colleagues and students were contributors to the volume, and other York U contributors include Carl E. James (education) and Meg Luxton (School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies).
Cohen and Man hope that the project will develop into a new series that would focus on second-generation transmigrants.
The book launch takes place at 2:30pm in the Harry Crowe Room (room 109 Atkinson). The event will also include a screening of Journey to Find Myself Again, a short documentary film produced by Das Gupta and Srabani Maitra. The film presents the employment trajectories of three highly educated immigrant women from South Asia.
More about Engendering Transnational Voices: Studies in Family, Work, and Identity can be found at http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/General/man-cohen-announcement.pdf.