Women in Britain’s Mirpuri-Pakistani Diaspora and their Relationship to Formal and Informal Labour, 1962-2002.
My research is focussed on the migration, settlement and work experiences of British-Pakistani (specifically Mirpuri/ Azad Kashmiri) women from Middlesbrough, Luton and Oldham. The period of research is bookended by two profoundly important immigration laws: the Commonwealth Immigration Act of 1962 and the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act of 2002.
This historical research is the first of its kind and has given women the opportunity to take control of the narrative surrounding their social and economic participation through the method of oral history. Conversations often revolve around women's experiences adapting to life in Britain, negotiating their new everyday state through formal and informal labour that has contributed to their households, communities and society at large. In addition, I am using archival material to illuminate the role of local authorities and the state in shaping how women's lives unfolded, in particular focussing on how uneven social and economic development profoundly impacted access to resources and opportunities.
Through narratives about caring responsibilities, invisible informal labour, waged labour, adult education, community activism and so on, a rich history of Pakistani settlement across forty years of life in Britain will be mapped, with the role of working-class migrant women at the centre.
MA History and Politics, University of Glasgow (2013)
MPhil, South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge (2017)
AHRC DTP/ Balliol College Peter Storey Scholarship