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The Context of Indian Ocean Spatiality

  • Samadia SadouniEmail author
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Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)

Abstract

The village of Johannesburg was founded in 1886 and its growth and development into a city need to be understood in terms of its location at the crossroads of the Indian Ocean region, an area shaped by the colonial state, the religious and merchant networks, the rise of European capitalist interests and, of course, by the flows of European and non-European migrations. Regarding the latter, the chapter draws attention to the groups of Cape Malays and Indians in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The context of the new gold city during the political period after the Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902) is analysed through conflicts between the white bourgeoisie and non-white migrants, and specifically through Gujarati Indians’ mobilisation in Johannesburg and in the transcolonial space.

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  1. 1.University of LyonSciences Po LyonLyonFrance

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