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Settled Strangers: Asian Business Elites in East Africa (1800-2000)

Price : $27.75
ISBN # : 9788132110545
Author : Gijsbert Oonk
pages: 284
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : SAGE Publications
Published : 2013

Settled Strangers aims at understanding the social, economic and political evolution of the transnational migrant community of Gujarati traders and merchants in East Africa. The history of South Asians in East Africa is neither part of the mainstream national Indian history nor that of East African history writing. This is surprising because South Asians in East Africa outnumbered the Europeans ten-to-one. Moreover, their overall economic contribution and political significance may be more important than the history of the colonisers. This book is an attempt to provide some balance in the form of a history of the South Asians in East Africa through the lens of the actors themselves. It studies the kind of social, economic and political adjustments the emigrant Gujaratis had to make in the course of this migration. By using insights from the social sciences, including concepts like cultural capital, family firm, transnationality, middleman minorities and cultural change, this book aims to achieve a broader understanding of communities that do not belong to nations, yet are part of national states.

Author Bio: Gijsbert is Head of Department of History at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC), Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is the South Asian Area/History editor of the Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient (JESHO) as well as editor of Geschiedenis Magazine (History magazine, published in Dutch). He was also the Alfred D. Chandler Jr International Visiting Fellow in Business History at the Harvard Business School (Boston) for the year 2011 2012.
He specialises in business, migration and economic history. He is particularly interested in the role of South Asian (Indian) migrants and settlers in East Africa. His earlier publications include: The Karimjee Jivanjee Family: Merchant Princes of East Africa, 1800 2000 (2009) and Global Indian Diasporas: Exploring Trajectories of Migration and Theory (edited) (2007).

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 27 August, 2013.
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