Harbingers Of Global Change

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Harbingers of Global Change enriches a revealing case study of a little-understood group of immigrants with the contemplation of broader social dynamics, including assimilation, acculturation, and the persistence of racial and ethnic prejudice. Author Roli Varma reveals how familiar obstacles to social equity-such as the silicon ceiling-are complicated by the unique constellation of social pressures confronting a group of scientists and engineers whose talent is highly valued, and yet whose presence as culturally unfamiliar human beings is received with unease and ambivalence. The analysis combines U.S. political and social history as it bears on immigration policy with a sensitive and balanced treatment of how India's techno-immigrants negotiate career, family, and loyalty to social-cultural traditions. Harbingers of Global Change is not merely a much needed addition to the emergent literature on the plight of international immigrant-professionals; it is a visionary look at where global society is headed in the twenty-first century, an epoch in which all human beings may become foreigners in the virtual techno-marketplace.

About the Author:
Roli Varma is currently Regents Lecturer and Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

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Sheila Slaughter
Roli Varma’s book, Harbingers of Global Change, offers a penetrating analysis of how India’s highly educated techno-immigrants hit a “Silicon Ceiling” that keeps them out of management, whether they work in U.S. universities, government, and industry. Varma’s book is a must-read for anyone interested in the Asian Diasporia of scientists of engineers, how scientific identity is negotiated across different cultures, and how we, as a members of a knowledge society, can begin to (re) model a 'model minority.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739114582
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Roli Varma is currently Regents Lecturer and associate professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Immigration history 15
3 Insourcing expertise 31
4 Diaspora : long distance nationalism 45
5 Stereotypes and negotiated identity 61
6 The silicon ceiling 79
7 Why so few? 97
8 (Re)modeling "minority" 113
9 Professional norms and organizational reality 131
10 The debate over science 157
11 Harbingers of global change 179
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