Diaspora Philanthropy

Verne A. Dusenbery and Darshan S. Tatla

in Sikhism in Global Context

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780198075547
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082056 | DOI:
Diaspora Philanthropy

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This chapter investigates the philanthropy of contemporary Sikh diaspora in Punjab, a practice of giving that goes back to the earliest decades of Sikh migration from Punjab. Overseas Sikhs have become connected with Punjab in economic, political, and cultural matters through patronage, financial assistance, and new social practices brought from abroad. The study of diaspora philanthropy becomes a site for analyzing the transmission of material resources, information and values. Some of the issues concerning Sikh diaspora philanthropy in Punjab are then explained. Differences about how, where, and for what purpose money is given reflect the different existing resource bases and the different social make-up of the givers as well as the historical relationship of groups in each block. While some efforts have been made to encourage female empowerment, Sikh diaspora philanthropy seems to act ‘both to challenge and to perpetuate gendered norms within Punjabi society’. The author concludes by pointing out that today’s diaspora philanthropy is less likely to be directed towards religious places.

Keywords: diaspora philanthropy; Sikh philanthropy; Punjabi diaspora; Philanthropy and female empowerment; Sikh migration; Sikh money

Chapter.  6643 words. 

Subjects: Sikhism

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