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Of Shark Meat and Women’s Clothes: African and Indian Everyday Encounters in Twentieth-Century Dar es Salaam

  • Ned Bertz
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Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Abstract

This chapter employs a transoceanic scale of historical connectivity to examine African-Asian encounters in the twentieth century. These relationships are often characterized in scholarship and public imagination as distinct from Western nation-state models of social integration. A western Indian Ocean setting, featuring dense networks of collaboration and conflict among a cosmopolitan array of actors, reveals a significantly different situation. This chapter deploys a bottom-up approach to illustrate the lived experiences of Africans and Indians in a single East African city, Dar es Salaam. The two case studies in the chapter—one of a contested shark meat market in the city and the second of the production and consumption networks around a popular women’s garment—reveal vigorous interactions among communities with deeply interlocked economic, political, social, and cultural lives.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ned Bertz
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  1. 1.University of Hawai’i, HonoluluHawai’iUSA

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