Graduate student Pronoy Raï awarded Social Science Research Council fellowship in Development and Migration

Posted on 05/23/2013 | Matt Cohn
Geography & GIScience PhD candidate Pronoy Raï has been awarded a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF), and will attend a summer workshop in Oxford, England. Pronoy has provided a summary of his project, entitled Circumnavigating Development? Internal Circular Migration in Provincial India:

"I propose to study internal, circular migration in provincial India and its impact on reduction in vulnerability to hunger, access to entitlements, and political representation, of laboring households in the home villages of rural laborers. I locate rural labor circulation in the broader political-economic changes happening in India, where, for the vast majority of land-poor or landless laborers, moving out of the stagnant agricultural sector and permanently migrating into cities is not always an option. Employing ethnographic methods and household survey in two villages and a small town in provincial Western India, this project aims to advance our understanding of the impact of circular migration on the social vulnerability of laborer households and of how reverse flow of not just remittances but symbolic modernity may impact historically marginalized groups' abilities to resist structures of class/caste/gender-based domination in their home villages."

More information about the Development and Migration program can be found at the Social Science Research Council's website.