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Modern MigrationsGujarati Indian Networks in New York and London$
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Maritsa Poros

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804772228

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804772228.001.0001

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Modern Migrations
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This chapter examines how social ties are created historically and how the migration of Gujarati Indians has been selective under different historical conditions. It first looks at the history of Gujarati migration flows since about the 1600s, when India and Gujarat were at the center of lucrative trade routes linking Europe, Asia, and the Americas in a global economy. It then explores the important trade networks in Gujarat and western India that contributed to the establishment of early capitalism in the region and what happened to those networks during and after British rule. The chapter also considers the social ties that formed as a result of trade, colonialism, development, labor, and education, and shows that these social ties are connected to the history of Indian and Gujarati migration from India to East Africa, Britain, and the United States until today.

Keywords:   Gujarati Indians, social ties, migration, India, trade networks, Gujarat, capitalism, Britain, history, United States

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