Indians in Kenya : the politics of diaspora / Sana Aiyar
- Aiyar, Sana, 1979-
- Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015.
- Physical Description:
- 375 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
- Harvard historical studies ; 185
- Introduction -- From the America of the Hindu to white man's country -- 'Civilization' in Kenya -- Political homelands across the Indian Ocean -- Between rebellion and suppression -- Negotiating nationhood -- Uhuru and exodus -- Epilogue.
- "Indians in Kenya chronicles the competing, often contradictory, strategies by which the South Asian diaspora sought a political voice in Kenya from the beginning of colonial rule in the late 1890s to independence in the 1960s. Indians' intellectual, economic, and political connections with South Asia shaped their understanding of their lives in Kenya. Sana Aiyar investigates how the many strands of Indians' diasporic identity influenced Kenya's political leadership, from claiming partnership with Europeans in their mission to colonize and "civilize" East Africa to successful collaborations with Afrians to battle for racial equality, including during the Mau Mau rebellion. She also explores how the hierarchical structures of colonial governance, the material inequalities between Indians and Africans, and the racialized political discourses that flourished in both colonial and postcolonial Kenya limited the success of alliances across racial and class lines"--
- 9780674289888 hardcover : alkaline paper
0674289889 hardcover : alkaline paper
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-358) and index.
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