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Title:The social and economic network of an Indian family business in Kenya, 1920-1970
Author:Zarwan, John
Periodical:Kroniek van Afrika
Geographic term:Kenya
small enterprises
Abstract:To better grasp the nature of the linkages between social networks, in particular those of caste and kin, and economic activities, the present paper focuses on one caste, the Visa Oshwal Community (popularly known as 'Shahs'), as a case study, and within this community, on two related families. As a micro-analysis, it is very much concerned with the activities and motivations of specific individuals. Using two wider Oshwal families, one of which includes the two smaller units discussed in the article, as the starting point of his research in Kenya and India, the author was able to 'work outward' along kinship lines, including marriage, and contact every major commercial and industrial firm of the caste. In addition, interviews were conducted with a number of other people, primarily Indians, from many communities and occupations. Fig., notes, tab.