Srabani Maitra is a sociologist of education and an adult educator. She has a PhD in Adult Education and Community Development from OISE at the University of Toronto. She is interested in issues of adult learning, skill, racial and class relations, transnational migration, lifelong learning, vocational education and education policy. Over the years, she has deeply engaged in community campaigns around issues such as anti-racism, anti-poverty, and education reform in Canada. Her pedagogy, underpinned by a social justice lens, is committed towards foregrounding suppressed voices, anti-racist and anti-colonial education as well as systemic changes.
Srabani Maitra's research combines interdisciplinary theories and methodologies from sociology and education to focus on the issues of education/ learning, workplace skill training, transnational migration and community development.
She has drawn on the arts-informed qualitative research to raise public awareness about socio-economic inequities and struggles of marginalized groups. In this regard, she has developed and designed (as part of a team), a multi-media ethnodrama focusing on the gendered and racialized nature of work in post-Fordist economy.
She has also completed a documentary film, “Journey to Find Myself Again” funded by York University Faculty Association, Canada. This film is around the causes of social inequities experienced by immigrant women of colour in the Canadian labour market.
Guo, S. and Maitra, S. (2017) Revisioning curriculum in the age of transnational mobility: Towards a transnational and transcultural framework. Curriculum Inquiry, 47(1), pp. 80-91.(doi:10.1080/03626784.2016.1254504).
Maitra, S. and Maitra, S. (2015) Tapping into the ‘standing-reserve’: a comparative analysis of workers’ training programmes in Kolkata and Toronto. Studies in Continuing Education, 37(3), pp. 317-332.(doi:10.1080/0158037X.2015.1043988).
Maitra, S. (2015) Between conformity and contestation: South Asian immigrant women negotiating soft skill training in Canada. Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, 27(2), pp. 65-78.
Maitra, S. (2015) The making of the ‘precarious’: examining Indian immigrant IT workers in Canada and their transnational networks with body shops in India. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 13(2), pp. 194-209.(doi:10.1080/14767724.2014.934070).
Maitra, S. (2013) Points of entry: South Asian immigrant women's entry into enclave entrepreneurship in Toronto. South Asian Diaspora, 5(1), pp. 123-137.(doi:10.1080/19438192.2013.721065).
Sangha, J.K., Slade, B. , Mirchandani, K., Maitra, S. and Shan, H.(2012) An ethnodrama on work-related learning in precarious jobs: racialization and resistance. Qualitative Inquiry, 18(3), pp. 286-296. (doi:10.1177/1077800411431555).
Maitra, S. and Shan, H. (2007) Transgressive vs conformative: immigrant women learning at contingent work. Journal of Workplace Learning, 19(5), pp. 286-295.(doi:10.1108/13665620710757842).
Maitra, S. (2013) Perspectives on work and family lives: exploring the lived experiences of South Asian immigrant mothers working from home in Toronto. In: Sangha, J.K. and Gonsalves, T. (eds.) South Asian Mothering: negotiating culture, family and selfhood. Demeter Press: Bradford, ON. ISBN 9781927335017.
Mirchandani, K., Maitra, S. and Sangha, J. (2012) Treats and threats : global cultures in India's call centers. In: Prasad, A.(ed.) Against The Grain: Advances in Postcolonial Organization Studies. Series: Advances in organization studies (28). Copenhagen Business School Press. ISBN 9788763002431.
Mirchandani, K., Ng, R., Coloma-Moya, N., Maitra, S. , Rawlings, T., Shan, H., Siddiqui, K. and Slade, B. (2011) The entrenchment of racial categories in precarious employment. In: Pupo, N., Glenday, D. and Duffy, A. (eds.) The Shifting Landscape of Work.Nelson Educational: Toronto, ON, Canada, pp. 119-138. ISBN 9780176500658.
Mirchandani, K., Ng, R., Coloma-Moya, N., Maitra, S. , Rawlings, T.and Shan, H. (2010) Transitioning into precarious work: immigrants' learning and resistance. In: Sawchuk, P. and Taylor, A. (eds.) Challenging Transitions in Learning and Work: Reflections on Policy and Practice. Series: Knowledge economy and education (2). Sense: Rotterdam. ISBN 9789087908881.
Maitra, S. (2009) Contested presence, hopeful future: experiences of South Asian immigrant women entrepreneurs in Canada. In: Novelli, M. and Ferus-Comelo, A. (eds.)Globalization, Knowledge and Labour Education for Solidarity within Spaces of Resistance. Series: Rethinking globalizations (2). Routledge: London. ISBN 9780415436632.
Maitra, S. and Gupta, T. D. (2013) A Journey to Find Myself Again: Experiences of South Asian Immigrant Women in the Canadian Labour Market. [Audio].
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