The Emigration of High-Skilled Indian Workers to the United States: Flexible Citizenship and India’s Information Economy (Working Paper #19)

Paula Chakravartty, University of California – San Diego

Summary: This paper does not directly address the role of the Indian government in enabling the practice of “bodyshopping”, precisely because the process is more complex and dynamic than such a causal approach would assume. Instead, I examine the social context within which Indian flexible citizens, often the financiers and brokers of the practice of bodyshopping as well as longer term emigration as well as return emigration, influence domestic economic policy. In other words, I examine the changing symbolic and institutional role of the flexible citizen in relation to the Indian postcolonial state as India enters an era of “free trade” in goods, capital and labor.

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