The Drivers and impacts of family obligations and overseas remittances practices: a case study of Pakistani-origin individuals in the UK

BASHIR, Nadia (2014). The Drivers and impacts of family obligations and overseas remittances practices: a case study of Pakistani-origin individuals in the UK. Social Policy and Society, 13 (02), 177-188.

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Abstract

This article draws on detailed case studies of Pakistani-origin individuals in the UK to explore the complex and extraordinary financial and practical support they provide to family members within their neighbourhood and to family abroad in Pakistan. The article investigates the practice of remitting and the impact on those remitting funds abroad in the context of the struggles and multiple obligations they face on a daily basis in making ends meet. It is set against the political backdrop of the Conservative Party's 'Big Society' and 'Broken Britain' agenda, which points to the disintegration of values and duty and obligation in contemporary Britain. Contrary to the standards of 'selfishness and individualism', the article argues that religious and cultural values compel individuals to provide unrequited support, which often creates very difficult financial and practical situations, resulting in the need to compromise individuals' own needs and opportunities

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 29 October 2013
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: 10.1017/S1474746413000493
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2014 15:53
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2014 15:53
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9087

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