Harbingers of Global Change: India's Techno-Immigrants in the United States

Harbingers of Global Change: India's Techno-Immigrants in the United States

by Roli Varma

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Harbingers of Global Change: India's Techno-Immigrants in the United States by Roli Varma

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739122259
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 04/26/2007
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.62(d)

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.

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Introduction     1
Immigration History     15
Insourcing Expertise     31
Diaspora: Long Distance Nationalism     45
Stereotypes and Negotiated Identity     61
The Silicon Ceiling     79
Why So Few?     97
(Re)Modeling "Minority"     113
Professional Norms and Organizational Reality     131
The Debate Over Science     157
Harbingers of Global Change     179
Appendix     185
Selected Bibliography     189
Index     199
About the Author     203

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