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Across the Waves. Strategies of Belonging in Indian Ocean Island Societies

Iain Walker et Marie-Aude Fouéré (eds), Leiden/Boston : Brill, 2022.

All the islands of the western Indian Ocean are immigrant societies : Austronesian seafarers, African slaves, Arab traders, South Asian indentured labourers and European plantation owners have all settled, some voluntarily, others less so, on Madagascar and Zanzibar, in the Mascarenes and the Comoros. Successive arrivals often struggle to establish their places in these societies, negotiating their way in the face of antipathy, resistance, even violence, as different claims to belonging conflict. The contributions to this volume take a selection of case studies from across the region, and from different perspectives, contributing to a theorisation of the concept of belonging itself.

Contributors are Patrick Desplat, Franziska Fay, Marie-Aude Fouéré, Akbar Keshodkar, Hans Olsson, Gitanjali Pyndiah, Ramola Ramtohul, Iain Walker

Iain Walker, Ph.D. (Sydney), is Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. He has published widely on both the Comoro Islands and on the Hadrami diaspora in the Indian Ocean. He is the author of Islands in a Cosmopolitan Sea : A History of the Comoros (2019).

Marie-Aude Fouéré
, Ph.D (Paris), is a social and political anthropologist and Associate Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. Her research interests cover belonging, nationalism from below, collective memories and the uses of the past in Tanzania and Zanzibar.

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