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Nandita R. Sharma


Nandita Sharma is currently working on a SSHRC funded project entitled "Negotiating Late Capitalism as Non-Immigrant Labour in the U.S.: H-Category Temporary Visa Workers and US Society". This continues her interest in ideologies of nationalism and their importance to processes of globalization. She is also interested in the process of identity formation and the need to distinguish between imposed identities and those formed through relations of equality and justice.

Sharma, N. 2008. “‘Race’, Class and Gender and the Making of ‘Difference’: The Social Organization of ‘Migrant Workers’ in Canada,” in Palmer, Bryan D. and Joan Sangster (eds.), Labouring Canada: Class, Race, and Gender in Canadian Working-Class History, Don Mills Ontario: Oxford University Press (Re-print-in press).

Sharma, N. 2008 (forthcoming: accepted). “Neo-liberalism and Non-citizen Workers in the USA,” in Refugees, Recent Migrants and Employment: Challenging Barriers and Exploring Pathways, London: Taylor & Francis/Routeledge.

Sharma, N. and C. Wright, 2008 (forthcoming: accepted). “Organizing the Motley Crew and Challenging the Security of National States” in Activist Scholarship: Social Movements and Emancipatory Knowledge, Julia Sudbury and Margo Okazawa-Rey (eds.). Boulder, Co.: Paradigm Publishers.

Sharma, N. 2007. “Freedom To Discriminate: National State Sovereignty and Temporary Visa Workers in North America,” in Citizenship, Multiculturalism and Immigrant Incorporation Regimes in North America. Gökçe Yurdakul and Y. Michal Bodemann (eds). New York: Palgrave-Macmillan. pp.163-184.

Sharma, N. 2007. “Global Apartheid and Nation-Statehood: Instituting Border Regimes” in Nationalism and Globalism. James Goodman and Paul James (eds.). New York: Routledge. pp.71- 90.

G. Chan and N. Sharma, 2007. “Eating in Public,” in Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigation, Collective Theorization, Stevphen Shukaitis and David Graeber (eds). Edinburgh: AK Press. pp.180-88.

Sharma, N. December 10-12, 2007 (with Cynthia Wright). “‘Enclosed in Representations’: Strategic Reflections on Indigenous and Migrant Alliances” at the Australian Critical Race And Whiteness Studies Association 2007 Conference. Adelaide, South Australia.

Sharma, N. November 19-21, 2007 (invited). “Citizenship as an Exclusionary Practice: H-Visa Workers and the Neo-Liberal Turn in U.S. Immigration Policy” at the In and Out of Asia: Migrating Talent, Globalising Cities, National University of Singapore.

Sharma, N. November 1 -3, 2007 (invited). “Categorical States: Status and Stratification in Canadian Immigration Policy,” at the Workshop on “Con/founding Refugee and Forced Migration Studies,” York University Centre for Refugee Studies, Toronto, Canada.

Sharma, N. October 27-28, 2007 (invited). “Strategic Anti-Essentialism: Multi-pronged struggles Against the 'Nation'” at the conference From Multicultural Rhetoric to Anti-Racist Action University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Sharma, N. September 27-29, 2007 (with Gaye Chan) (invited). “Good Grief! Transforming Imaginations of Change,” Plenary speech at the conference, Melancholic States, University of Lancaster, Lancaster, England.

Sharma, N. April 21, 2007 (invitd). Discussant for panel on “Foreign Brides” at the Korean Nation and Its Others in the Age of Globalization and Democratization Conference, Center for Korean Studies, University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Honolulu, Hawai’i.

Sharma, N. April 4-8, 2007. “Hawai’i Exceptionalism: Anti-Tourist Discourses and the Making of the Non-Global ‘Local’,” at the Association for Asian American Studies Conference, New York City, New York.

Sharma, N. March 2-5, 2007 (invited). “Citizenship as a Technology of Difference,” in the Plenary Living without Status: Scales of Policy and Citizenship at the Ninth National Metropolis Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Sharma, N. 2007 (forthcoming). “Review of Another Knowledge is Possible: Beyond Northern Epistemologies by Boaventura de Sousa Santos,” Labour/Le Travail.





Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers, Occupations in services - Domestic work, Sales and service occupations - general, Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations - general, Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations - general, Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing, Dancers, and Other

Content types

Policy analysis

Regulation domains

Right to change employer, Right to choose place of residence, Right to unionize, Labour standards, Health and safety at work, Newcomers integration programs, Health care & social services, Access to permanent status, Family reunification, Legal aid, Employment insurance, Social security, Trips abroad and re-entries, Impartial hearing before deportation, Status regularization procedures, (Im)migrant workers selection criteria, Right to equality (national origin), Right to equality (social status), Right to liberty, and Right to dignity

Geographical focuses

Canada, United States, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, Other provinces, Federal, and Nova Scotia

Spheres of activity

Anthropology, Cultural and ethnic studies, Economics, Geography, Law, Management of human resources, Philosophy, Political science, and Sociology