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Trust and images in Indian business networks
This article shows how the economic focus of the Asian African business elite shifted from India to the West and how this was legitimised within the transnational trading network

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The Changing Culture of Asian Businessfamilies in East Africa
This article shows how the Hindu business elite in East Africa transformed towards an Asian African Identity.

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Gijsbert Oonk
Global Indian Diasporas
Exploring Trajectories of Migration and Theory

This book discusses the relation of South Asian migrants to their homeland, the reproduction of Indian culture abroad and the role of the Indian state in reconnecting migrants ofIndia, focusing on the limits of the diaspora concept, rather than on its possibilities. From a comparative perspective, using examples from South Asian communities in Suriname, Mauritius, East Africa, the UK, Canada and the Netherlands, this collection presents new and controversial insights into the concept of diaspora, raising the question about the limits of its effectiveness as an intellectual concept.

Gijsbert Oonk is senior lecturer in Non-Western History at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

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