prof. dr. Ruben Gowricharn

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Ruben Gowricharn (background in economics and sociology) is professor of Indian Diaspora Studies at the Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His grandfathers were indentured labourers shipped to Suriname, then a plantation economy in the Caribbean. His research projects include the cohesion of multicultural democracies, the economic, political and cultural impact of transnational forces on diaspora communities, the integration of ethnic groups in (Western) societies, the economic development in LDC’s, and the impact of cultural forces on economic behaviour. Currently he is finishing a book on the homemaking of the Surinamese and Dutch Indian diaspora communities, while editing three books on the Indian diaspora Patterns of Political Integration in Indian Diaspora Societies, Shifting Transnational Indian Identities and New Perspectives on the Indian Diaspora (Routledge). At present, he is also managing director of a doctoral program for adult migrant students in the Netherlands, geared at enlarging the capacity of communities and organizations.


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Netherlands Social Sciences
acculturation Social Sciences
Suriname Social Sciences
loyalty Social Sciences
diaspora Social Sciences
human capital Social Sciences
voting Social Sciences
erosion Social Sciences

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Research Output 2013 2019

  • 9 Article
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

Practices in taste maintenance. The case of Indian diaspora markets

Gowricharn, R., 1 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Consumer Culture. 19, 3, p. 398-416 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Digital institutions: the case of ethnic websites in the Netherlands

Gowricharn, R. & Elahi, J., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Identities.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

ethnic group
Web Sites

Labour market participation of Sub-Saharan Africans in the Netherlands: the limits of the human capital approach

Confurius, D., Gowricharn, R. & Dagevos, J., 14 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. p. 1-20 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

human capital
labor market

The decline of ethnic voting patterns in plural societies: Evidence from Suriname

Gowricharn, R., 1 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Politics.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Policing the nation: Acculturation and street-level bureaucrats in professional life

Gowricharn, R. S. & Cankaya, S., 2017, In : Sociology. 51, 5, p. 1101-1117

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

police officer
social actor
social order