South Asians in Kenya

ab 23,80 

Pascale Herzig

Gender, Generation and Changing Identities in Diaspora

ISBN 978-3-8258-0052-0
Band-Nr. 8
Jahr 2006
Seiten 320
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Kultur, Gesellschaft, Umwelt/Culture, Society, Environment


For more than a century a substantial South Asian minority has been living
in Kenya. Within a few decades a majority of the Kenyan Asians has managed
to transform their living conditions from an impoverished rural background
in South Asia to a globalised and economically successful middle class in
East Africa. Therefore this research sets an example of migration as an
opportunity for social mobility.

The study is based on empirical data collected with South Asians in Kenya,
who were differentiated by gender, age, migratory generation and other
social boundaries. The research is divided into three levels of analysis:
inter-ethnic and intra-ethnic relations, i.e. the relations within the
South Asian minority, as well as the relations within the family.
To understand the complexity of migrants‘ lives an approach of
‚geographies of intersectionality‘ was developed which takes different
intersecting social boundaries into account and additionally considers the
significance of place. The study shows that migration has an impact on the
relations between genders, age groups and migratory generations and leads
to changing identities and new lifestyles.

Pascale Herzig has written her PhD research at the Department of
Geography, University of Zurich. Her areas of specialisation are migration
and gender studies, social differences and identities, South Asians in
East Africa.