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Gujarati Communities Across The Globe
Memory, Identity and Continuity
Gujaratis are the subject of this unique diasporic study. They live in almost every major city in the world: some are in India; some emigrated directly to their new countries of residence; others took a route to their new homeland via East Africa, facing expulsion and forced migration along the way. The suffering, hard work and tenacity of the Gujarati community are generally overlooked; in most descriptions, emphasis is placed on the financial gain, educational attainment and upward mobility of this community.
The ethnographic accounts in this volume are real lives which frame these narratives in a specific context and are part of a rich historical memory. What defines a Gujarati? Is it language, culture, geography, tradition, religion, all of these—or simply a tie that binds an individual to their ancestors and the land from which they originated?
Gujarati Communities Across the Globe is the first study to offer insight into the everyday lives and evolving identities negotiated by Gujaratis in a global context: in India, North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, East Africa and South Asia. Its orientation around the themes of nationalism, migration, new ethnicities, language and religion makes it an essential resource for students of South Asian studies, religious studies, the sociology of religion, social anthropology, diasporic studies, cultural and ethnic studies. It will also interest those who wish to understand how identities of a diasporic and post-diasporic community can be strengthened despite moving away from one’s original roots.
Introduction—Sharmina Mawani and Anjoom Mukadam
1) The Nationality Factor in the Migration of Gujaratis to East Africa and Beyond—Ramnik Shah
2) The Ugandan Asian Expulsion and its Place in the Evolution of the Gujarati Diaspora—Mohamed M. Keshavjee
3) With Whom May British Gujaratis Identify, to Whom May They be Compared?—John Mattausch
4) An Inspiring Light: Leadership in Contemporary Times—Anjoom Mukadam
5) Songs of Praise: The Git Tradition of the Nizari Ismaili Muslims—Sharmina Mawani
6) Sufis and Satpanthis: Gujari Teachings of Muhammad Shah—Zawahir Moir
7) K.M. Munshi on Language Problems in India—Riho Isaka
8) “I want love to be arranged!” Courtship and Marriage in the Context of Globalisation: Baroda, India—Katherine Twamley, Anthony Pryce and Karina Kielmann
9) A Match Made in Heaven: A Study of Changing Hindu Marriage Practices amongst Gujarati Eligibles—Sheena Raja
10) A Fine Balance: Standardisation and Accommodation in the Swaminarayan Sanstha—Hanna H. Kim
11) Annakut/Govardhan Puja: Identity and Authority in the Gujarati Hindu Diaspora of the United Kingdom and New Zealand—Martin Wood
12) Indianness and the Reflexive Project of the Self: Discourses of Ethnicity among New Zealand-born Gujaratis—Amanda Gilbertson