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Margret Frenz: Community, Memory, and Migration in a Globalizing World: The Goan Experience c.1890-1980
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Frederick FN Noronha * फ्रेड्रिक नोरोन्या * فريدريك نورونيا
2014-10-22 22:51:35 UTC
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Rather interesting book, just out in the Goa market. At first glance: very
detailed and insightful. Here's one quote to illustrate Frenz's writing
(p.132):

Goans migrated largely due to economic considerations,
unlike many other South Asians. From their first migration to
East Africa in the late nineteenth century up to the 1950s, they
could best be described as 'voluntary' migrants. 'Greener
pastures', that is, promising professional opportunities,
initially lured them to British ships, and later, on to the East
African coast. In the early period, the first port of call was
Zanzibar which provided ample opportunities to set up
business or find work in the Sultan's government. As the
British colonial governments expanded throughout East Africa,
new economic opportunities opened up and Zanzibar
lost its pivotal position for Goans, though the community there
remained very strong. Their economic success was reflected
in remittances to their family who remained in Goa. But the
economic successes were not accompanied by political power...

Useful set of maps at the start of the book -- migration-oriented areas of
Goa; movement from Goa to East Africa (Zanzibar, Tanganyika, Kenya,
Uganda); Goan institutions at the Zanzibar Stone Town; Dar es Salaam Goan
institutions; Nairobi Goan instituions; Kampala Goan instituions; the
movement out of East Africa from the mid 20th century; post-colonial Goa.

Frenz margret.frenz at stx.ox.ac.uk is a lecturer in Global and Imperial
History at St Cross College, University of Oxford. Published by Oxford
University Press ISBN 9780199451753. Rs 995 in Goa. Pp 380.

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