This is a first of its kind book which examines the remittances in the two largest corridors in the World: India-Saudi Arabia and Mexico-U.S.A.

This book aims to treat remittances as an act of social norm involving individuals, nation-states, and diaspora communities. It treats remittances both as an act of individual obligation as well as a social fact that needs to be understood from the perspective of the actors, i.e., the givers and recipients. Using theories of motives of giving, policy analysis, international development, and international relations, the authors offer a compelling narrative of how and why remittances occur and the impacts on both the giver and recipient. The authors - both scholars of philanthropy and remittances - bring their shared perspective and understanding of this crucial phenomenon and delve deep into examining its impacts on community development and the relations between the nation-states. This book offers a sophisticated understanding of how vital remittances are to the world we live in.  

The book sheds light on this important social reality and will be of value to researchers, academics, and students interested in remittances, as well as to practitioners working in the international development sector, NGO actors, and policy makers.

chapter 1|16 pages


Purpose of the Book

chapter 2|15 pages

Motivations to Send and Receive

Background 1

chapter 3|19 pages

Growth of Money Transfers

Theorizing Technology, Distance, and Money

chapter 4|13 pages

Remittances by the Numbers

How Much Is Sent and Where

chapter 5|18 pages

Policy and Remittances

Human Needs and the Shaping of Practice With Policy

chapter 6|16 pages

Discourse of Remittances

How It Shapes Praxis in India, U.S.A., and Mexico

chapter 7|21 pages

Case Study

India as a Receiver

chapter 8|14 pages

Remittances and the Persian Gulf Nations

chapter 9|22 pages

Remittances as Subaltern Giving

The Case of Mexico

chapter 10|19 pages

Remittances as ‘Soft Power’?

Examining the Power of Money-Flows Between Communities and Nation-States

chapter 11|15 pages


Forces Shaping the Future