Place and ethnicity in two merchant diasporas: a comparison of Sindhis and Jews in Gibraltar
In this article I offer a comparative view on two merchant diasporas residing in the British crown colony of Gibraltar: the Sindhi Hindus and the Sephardic Jews. Diasporic groups have often been defined through their relationship to their homeland and/or place of residence. Based on fieldwork among these two groups I argue that their identifications, their culture and their social structure cannot be understood by focusing solely on local life and on the relationship to the homelands. A complete understanding must take account of a third spatial connection: the links between the individual communities that create a new and unique field of discourse, symbols and practice. This third connection is emblematic for the working of pre– and postmodern capitalist networks. The article examines this issue in relation to religion, education, politics and other arenas of life in Gibraltar and wider diasporas, drawing upon anthropological concepts of boundaries and borders, which are here conceived as ‘zones–in–between’. The research demonstrates how both local and global changes since 1945 have resulted in the contrasting paths taken by Sindhis and Jews in Gibraltar.
Diaspora Globalisation Comparisons with other communities Ethnicity Ethnography Main Topic: Identity and Community
Place and ethnicity in two merchant diasporas: a comparison of Sindhis and Jews in Gibraltar. 2003: 75-96. https://archive.jpr.org.uk/object-gib1