Indian Africa: Minorities of Indian-Pakistani Origin in Eastern Africa

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Adam, Michel
Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, Oct 22, 2015 - Social Science - 504 pages

Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania have minorities from the Indian sub-continent amongst their population. The East African Indians mostly reside in the main cities, particularly Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Mombasa, Kampala; they can also be found in smaller urban centres and in the remotest of rural townships. They play a leading social and economic role as they work in business, manufacturing and the service industry, and make up a large proportion of the liberal professions. They are divided into multiple socio-religious communities, but united in a mutual feeling of meta-cultural identity.

This book aims at painting a broad picture of the communities of Indian origin in East Africa, striving to include changes that have occurred since the end of the 1980s. The different contributions explore questions of race and citizenship, national loyalties and cosmopolitan identities, local attachment and transnational networks. Drawing upon anthropology, history, sociology and demography, Indian Africa depicts a multifaceted population and analyses how the past and the present shape their sense of belonging, their relations with others, their professional and political engagement. 

 

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Contents

From the TradingPost Indians to the IndianAfricans
1
Panorama of SocioReligious Communities
69
How Many Are They?
99
Family Family Life and Marriage among Indian Communities in East Africa
177
Nizarite Ismailis in Kenya
207
Orthodoxy and Reformism
245
A Sociological Overview
265
Economic and Spatial Logic of Indian Communities in Nakuru Kenya
291
The Minorities of Indian Origin in Tanzania
349
Indians are Exploitersand Africans Idlers Identity formation and socioeconomic conditions in Tanzania
359
Worlds Unknown to Each Other Extracts of reports from the Kenyan press
397
Portraits and Fragments of Life Histories in Kenya
411
Glossary and Inventory of Main Places
433
Index
449
Back cover
485
Copyright

Migrations and Identity of IndianPakistani Minorities in Uganda
315

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