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Between Africa and India: Thinking comparatively across the western

Kresse, Kai and Simpson, Edward (2011) Between Africa and India: Thinking comparatively across the western. ZMO Working Papers 5.

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Abstract

Scholarship on the Indian Ocean is generally comparative in its approach. In this paper, we draw from our research experiences on the Swahili and Gujarati coasts in order to discuss some of the epistemological consequences of comparison for the ways in which East Africa and Western India have been understood. We critically examine the frames and terms of comparison in the work of the historian Thomas Metcalf and the anthropologists A.H.J. Prins, Helene Basu and David F. Pocock. We suggest that the personal journeys of scholars, as well as the sources they use, have profoundly influenced the ways in which they have been able to write and problematize their own material.

Item Type: Working Papers / Reports (Working Paper)
Keywords: Indian Ocean; comparative; Basu; Pocock; Prins; Metcalf; equivalence
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Depositing User: Edward Simpson
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2011 10:13
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/12708

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