Social Remittances Revisited

Peggy Levitt , Wellesley College and Harvard University

Most debates about migration and development privilege the economic at the expense of the social. But economics is not the whole story. Culture permeates all aspects of the development enterprise—as a challenge and an opportunity. Migrants carry ideas, practices, and narratives which enable mobility and different forms of membership and belonging. In this talk, Levitt revisits the concept of social remittances stressing how people's experiences prior to migration colour what they are exposed to when they arrive and what they ultimately remit back home. She also explores the idea of collective social remittances and how social remittances have the potential to scale up and scale out.

Date: 19 May 2011

Time: 12:30 - 13:30