1st Edition

The Migration Process Capital, Gifts and Offerings among British Pakistanis

By Pnina Werbner Copyright 1989

    This study, which breaks new ground in urban research, is a comprehensive and definitive account of one of the many communities of South Asians to emerge throughout the Western industrial world since the Second World War - the British Pakistanis in Manchester. This book examines the cultural dimensions of immigrant entrepreneurship and the formation of an ethnic enclave community, and explores the structure and theory of urban ritual and its place within the immigrant gift economy.

    Introduction Part I: Capital Accumulation 1. Chains of Migrants: Culture, Value and the Housing Market 2. Chains of Entrepreneurs: The Production of an Enterprise Culture Part II: The Gift Economy: Women, Gifts and Offerings 3. Marriage, Exchange and the Reproduction of Inequality 4. Circles of Trust: Women and the Control of Ceremonial Exchange 5. Giving to God: The 'Naturalisation' of Ritual 6. Circles of Trust: Multiple Domains of Exchange 7. Circles of Trust: From Commodities to Gifts Part III: Conspicuous Giving and Public Generosity 8. Hierarchical Gift Economies 9. Wedding Rituals and the Symbolic Exchange of Substance 10. The Organisation of Giving and Immigrant Elites


    Pnina Werbner Senior Lecturer,Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Keele