Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Table of Contents

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pp. v-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xviii

...innocent travelers. Those months taught me much about the starkness of everyday apartheid. One of the startling experiences was that my own skin color immediately placed me, even implicated me, in the structural logic of race that was defined...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-25

...forward to this local production and clearly expected something between a quality Bollywood movie and the art house genre that dominated the festival. Behind me sat a group of young, smartly dressed couples who spoke a mixture of...

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Chapter 1: Ethnicity by Fiat: The Remaking of Indian Life in South Africa

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pp. 26-58

...South Africa. The imperative of putting “African” first signified the overriding emphasis on autochthonous origin as a crucial defining feature of the true citizens of the new South...

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Chapter 2: Domesticity and Cultural Intimacy

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pp. 59-96

...the ancestors in Zululand (White 2011); as displacement of the authority of older men by the new generation of “com-tsotsis” in the 1980s in African townships (Bank 2011; Bozzoli 2004); and as worries about the proliferation of multigenerational...

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Chapter 3: Charous and Ravans: A Story of Mutual Nonrecognition

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pp. 97-141

...sentiments that to this day pervade the white population of the province. This relative invisibility and nonrecognition of other dominated groups, except through (hostile) colonial mediations and their apportioning of patronage and punishment, is intrinsic...

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Chapter 4: Autonomy, Freedom, and Political Speech

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pp. 142-175

...rather than active networks. In their stead, a broadly defensive attitude of internal consolidation emerged. To some, this indicated nothing but a resurfacing of the old clannishness...

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Chapter 5: Movement, Sound, and Body in the Postapartheid City

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pp. 176-199

...owned taxi industry was simply disbanded in the late 1950s as townships were built. Instead, bus transport became dominant. Long-standing frictions between Indian bus owners and African customers in Durban, and the successful Alexandra...

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Chapter 6: The Unwieldy Fetish: Desi Fantasies, Roots Tourism, and Diasporic Desires

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pp. 200-222

...natural and fundamental. This requires some qualification: First, the diverse communities that left the Indian subcontinent between 1860 and the 1890s left one colonial territory for another one, and the identification with “India” was not yet there. The imagination...

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Chapter 7: Global Hindus and Pure Muslims: Universalist Aspirations and Territorialized Lives

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pp. 223-260

...by how little people here knew of our tradition,” he said. “People do not really speak Tamil here anymore, and they are quite ignorant of even the basics of Hinduism. When I came here with my family, we were quite alone. It was as if there was no real society...

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Chapter 8 The Saved and the Backsliders: The Charou Soul and the Instability of Belief

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pp. 261-289

...several schools in the poorer units—2, 3, and 5—reported that almost half of the students were Christians. All the large cinema halls and several big industrial halls in the township, some holding two thousand people at a time, have been converted into churches. In...

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Postscript: Melancholia in the Time of the “African Personality”

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pp. 290-296

...had reignited deep antiwhite sentiments among ordinary Africans. None of the prima facie evidence of the killing suggested that it was any different from the hundreds of attacks, robberies, and murders—fueled by complex and mostly localized conflicts over land, pay, and dignity—that have taken place in the South...

Notes

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pp. 297-324

References

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pp. 325-344

Index

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pp. 345-354