Communal discourses, marriage, and the politics of gendered social boundaries among south Asian immigrants in Tanzania

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Abstract

Focusing on communal discourses among South Asian groups in Tanzania, the author highlights the manner in which discourses around religion, caste and race shape gendered patterns of migration and marriage and the everyday politics of social boundaries in an immigrant community. The article demonstrates how discursive processes operating at the community level mediate between the household and the broader political economic processes. It also illustrates that although discourses, boundaries and social relations are easily modified in response to changing circumstances, new narratives and ideologies frequently emerge to ensure that the predominant balance of power in a community is not disturbed significantly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-139
Number of pages23
JournalGender, Place and Culture
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998

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