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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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(p.197) Conclusion
Diaspora and Nation in the Indian Ocean

Ned Bertz

University of Hawai'i Press

Given the historical connections between diaspora, nationalism, race, and urban space—interactions which were impacted by regional influences emanating from around the Indian Ocean—it is unsurprising that probing questions about race and national identity still occupy Tanzanians today. The conclusion summarizes the book’s central arguments and historiographical contributions, and expands them through a reflection on recent issues in Tanzania such as the uzawa (indigeneity) controversy, the presence of clubs featuring mujra (dance) girls from India, and the occupation of the land of the former Drive-In Cinema by the new American Embassy. Contemporary political articulations about equality are more likely to embed race in abstract concepts about the distribution of economic resources rather than in the concrete daily reality of urban space, and the presence of an old Indian Ocean world diaspora within its borders is not the same consideration that it once was for the Tanzanian state.

Keywords:   diaspora, nationalism, race, urban space, Indian Ocean, Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, history, uzawa, mujra

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