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Smells (and Looks) Like Multiculturalism: The Affective Management of Pakistani Muslim Women in Diasporic Toronto

Lalaie Ameeriar, Ph.D.

Based on 24 months of fieldwork in Pakistan and Canada, this talk focuses on the transnational labor migration of Pakistani Muslim women and the ways that unemployment is increasingly being rationalized and understood by governmental bodies and policy makers through the prism of culture and racialized bodily difference. This talk argues that multiculturalism operates through a dual mode of interpellation whereby integration in Canada represents not the erasure of all differences, but the celebration of some differences and the eradication of others.