This volume looks at a diasporic community of Indian traders. It draws on anthropological field research as well as archival sources to portray a cosmopolitan group united by ties of kinship and community which are reproduced across space through processes such as the circulation of women and family visiting. These ties have their counterpart in the economic sphere which is characterised by sets of translocal trading linkages, credit relations, and a heightened knowledge of markets and a readiness to explore them. A model for the relation between mobility and commerce is thus explored.
The book, which includes a number of maps and original photographs, is ground-breaking in that it uses the technique of 'multi-sited ethnography', in which data from different sites are juxtaposed into a broad synthesis. It is geared towards a broad audience.
Mark Anthony Falzon, Ph.D. (2001) in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, is a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge and a Lecturer at the University of Malta. His research interests include migration, diaspora, South Asia, and the anthropology of emotions.
Introduction 1 The Challenge of Translocal Ethnography 2 Locating Hindu Sindhis: Roots and Routes of Diaspora 3 Sindhi Cosmopolitans 4 Sindwork, ca 1860 to the Present 5 Localities and Histories 6 The Meaning of Corporacy 7 Cosmopolitans in Business 8 Towards an Integrative Model of Commerce and Diaspora Appendices Bibliography Index Illustrations
Graduate students as well as specialists interested in migration, diasporas, cosmopolitanism, kinship, and commerce, as well as all those interested in new systems of anthropological methodology.