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Title:'... what tribe should we call him?': the Indian diaspora, the state and the nation in Tanzania since ca. 1850
Author:Burton, Eric
Periodical:Stichproben - Vienna Journal of African Studies (ISSN 1992-8610)
Geographic term:Tanzania
State-society relationship
social history
External link:https://stichproben.univie.ac.at/fileadmin/user_upload/p_stichproben/Artikel/Nummer25/Stichproben_25_Burton.pdf
Abstract:Based on a historical survey, this essay sketches the relationship between successive states in Tanzania and their subjects of Indian origin. Issues of class differences have frequently been racialised, presenting the concentration of profits in the hands of certain groups as a matter of origin and culture rather than a peculiar economy. As Indians took a special position as a socalled middleman minority until independence, discussions frequently highlighted this particular group and constructed it in a particular way. In line with different interests of the colonial state(s) and the post-colonial state, representations of Indians were formulated in narrow terms while also being influenced by popular discourses and pressure groups. On the other hand, Indians in Tanzania have always been a highly diverse group that could hardly be called a community, especially with many axes of difference being remarkably enduring. A common diasporic identity as Indians became meaningful only during times of threat and rising South Asian nationalism. Bibliogr., notes, ref. sum. [Journal abstract]