CALL FOR EXTENDED ABSTRACTS
Immigrants and Meanings of Work: A Global Perspective (Working Title)
Suchitra Shenoy Packer, DePaul University
Elena Gabor, Bradley University
Extended abstract submission deadline: October 15, 2013
“We would like to invite you to contribute, help shape, and develop an important area of scholarship – Meanings of work from immigrants’ perspectives.
If you are an immigrant yourself and/or you have conducted research with immigrants within the intersections of race, class, gender, immigration status (or others), and work, we are interested in chapters that reveal how you or other immigrants construct the meaning of work in your/their lives. We take a deliberate interdisciplinary focus in order to be inclusive of theoretical perspectives. However, because we are interested in the subjective experiential realities of diverse groups of immigrants working in different parts of the world, we prefer interpretive, critical-cultural works that include immigrants’ voices (either as quotes or as first person narratives) as primary sources of research investigations.
We are open to a variety of innovative topics pertaining to Immigrants and Meanings of Work. Here are some examples:
* Immigrant first-person accounts of their work experience explained in the context of academic perspectives of meanings of work/meaningful work
* Religious ethos that influence meanings of work (and that carry over into the immigrant’s adopted culture)/i.e., A Buddhist immigrant’s views of work that influence her work experiences and meaning-making in an adopted Catholic country.
* Immigrant work ethic/work ethic in transition
* Socialization/adaptation dissonance between what was taught (e.g., values) in one’s native country vis-à-vis what is experienced (the “reality”) in the adopted country
* Social construction of immigrant work identity
* Pan-cultural/culturally universal work values
Please submit an extended abstract between 600-800 words (excluding references) to Suchitra at sshenoy1 AT depaul.edu and Elena at egabor AT bradley.edu by October 15, 2013. Questions may be directed at either or both of us.”