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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

Diaspora and Nation in the Indian Ocean

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Diaspora and Nation in the Indian Ocean

Ned Bertz

University of Hawai'i Press

Chapter one theorizes the book’s two central frames of nation and diaspora within the Indian Ocean arena, illuminating their inseparability. This is critical to acknowledge given that, prior to the rise of colonies and nations around the Indian Ocean littoral, difference was perceived without reference to national identity, making the establishment of nations and diasporas in the twentieth century historically constitutive and intertwined. The chapter will draw on three sets of underutilized sources to relate new aspects of the transnational exchanges that shaped the shifting and emerging claims of belonging and citizenship in the history of the Indian Ocean region: passport registers held in the Gujarat State Archives, the stories of people who were left behind in Gujarat by migrating kinfolk or who had returned there from East Africa, and correspondence between activists in East Africa and the All India Congress Committee in New Delhi.

Keywords:   diaspora, nation, Indian Ocean, India, East Africa, Gujarat, passports, All India Congress Committee, migration, citizenship

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