BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Date of Submission



Dr. Tiago Ferreira Lopes, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


The thesis investigates the economic security of Ismaili migrants residing in the Karim Nagar Settlement in SITE Town Karachi, Pakistan. The focus is on exploring the interplay between poverty as a threat to human security and the influence of capitalist developmental governmentality. The study utilizes both qualitative and quantitative survey tools as primary research methods to delve into the complexities of economic security. Traditional approaches such as basic income assurance and safety nets were critically examined.

The research centers on analyzing a three-tiered relationship involving the state, intra-communal institutions, and specific settings to understand how security for individuals is assured. The study particularly emphasizes the role of intra-communal institutions, notably the Aga Khan Social Welfare Board (AKSWB), as a social safety net. However, the paper underscores the potential economic vulnerability of migrants due to bureaucratic procedures and arbitrariness in implementation. The overarching goal is to contribute valuable insights to discussions on human security and development discourse, specifically at the micro-level of community analysis in the global South.



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