The Punjabis in British Columbia by Kamala Elizabeth Nayar
Location, Labour, First Nations, and Multiculturalism (Mcgill-Queen's Studies in Ethnic History, Series Two)

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In this richly detailed study, Kamala Nayar documents the social and cultural transformation of the Punjabi community in British Columbia. From their initial settlement in the rural Skeena region to the communities that later developed in larger urban centres, The Punjabis in British Columbia illustrates the complex and diverse experiences of an immigrant community that merits greater attention. Exploring themes of gender, employment, rural and urban migrant life, and the relationships between the Punjabis and surrounding First Nations and other immigrant groups, Nayar creates a portrait of a community in transition. Shedding light on the ways in which economic circumstances affect immigrant communities, Nayar presents findings from interviews conducted with over one hundred participants. She details the relocation of Punjabi populations from the Skeena region to British Columbia's lower mainland during the decline of the forestry and fishery industries, how their second migration changed their professional and personal lives, and how their history continues to shape the identities and experiences of Punjabis in Canada today. A nuanced look at the complexities of social and cultural adaptation, The Punjabis in British Columbia adds an essential perspective to what it means to be Canadian.

About Kamala Elizabeth Nayar

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Sherrill Grace is University Killam Professor at the University of British Columbia. Patrick Imbert is University Research Chair in Socio-Cultural Changes in Canada at the University of Ottawa. Tiffany Johnstone is a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia.
Published October 23, 2012 by Mcgill Queens Univ Pr. 361 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences.