"Missing Pakistanis: Gendered Political Economy, Culture and the War on Terror"
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Ethel Brooks is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Women's and Gender Studies and Sociology at Rutgers University. Her fields of interest include gender and labor, critical political economy, globalization, social movements, post-colonialism, and critical race theory. She has also conducted research on a host of communities around the world. Brooks is the author of Unraveling the Garment Industry: Transnational Organizing and Women’s Work (University of Minnesota Press, 2007) and has contributed articles to a number of journals. Her current projects include a book focusing on her personal interest in Romani communities and discursive formations of "gypsiness."
What are the effects of the war on terror on the Pakistani diaspora, and on immigrant communities more generally? The targeting of South Asians and Muslims in the wake of September 11, 2001 is part of a larger redrawing of the boundaries of citizenship, the labor market, the family and community that has been mirrored by increased activism around immigration policy by both immigrants’ rights groups and anti-immigration advocates. How can we understand the effects of these dynamics on community and citizenship, and on the meanings, practices and boundaries of the nation-state? In this project, Professor Brooks explores the complexities of everyday life among Pakistani and other immigrants. This entails an interrogation of essentializing projects that focus on the subjects, or targets, of the war on terror, and of immigration and labor market policies more generally.