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Diaspora and Nation in the Indian OceanTransnational Histories of Race and Urban Space in Tanzania$
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Ned Bertz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824851552

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824851552.001.0001

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Diaspora and Nation in the Indian Ocean

Ned Bertz

University of Hawai'i Press

The introduction contextualizes the book’s central themes of diaspora, nationalism, race, and urban space, and locates their intersection within Tanzanian and Indian Ocean history and historiography. Descriptions of ordinary people’s lives, collected through oral interviews, illuminate wider historical trends which were at play across the region, eventually impacting local urban spaces in Dar es Salaam. The chapter summarizes the book’s major arguments, defines its key terms like race and urban space, and briefly recapitulates the history of the Indian diaspora in Dar es Salaam and East Africa. These contributions are then situated within a survey of the historiography of nation and diaspora in the Indian Ocean.

Keywords:   diaspora, nationalism, race, urban space, Indian Ocean, Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, India, history, historiography

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