Indentured “coolie” labours in South Africa : the Indian and Chinese schemes in comparative perspective

Show simple item record Harris, Karen Leigh 2014-06-12T07:30:22Z 2013
dc.description This article is partway based on two papers presented at the GOPIO conference held in 2010 and the ODI conference held in 2013 and is a reworked version of parts of an article published in the Journal of Social Sciences, vol. 11, 2010. en_US
dc.description.abstract In twenty-first century South Africa, the Indian and Chinese populations are both classified as minority groups. However, in British colonial South Africa of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, these two communities comprised key components in the burgeoning agricultural and mining sectors, respectively. This article particularly revisits this period to compare the two systems introduced to import and indenture 1,52,184 Indians into the Colony of Natal between 1860 and 1911 and 63,695 Chinese into the Transvaal Colony between 1904 and 1910. While these two labour schemes did not serve a similar sector and were not directly coterminous, it will be shown that a comparison of their differing features shows how the one predicated the other. Moreover, it will be argued that the disparity between the two schemes partly contributes to an explanation of the different places these two diasporic “Asian” communities ultimately occupied in later South African history. en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Karen Leigh Harris (2013) Indentured “coolie” labours in South Africa: the Indian and Chinese schemes in comparative perspective, Diaspora Studies, 6:2, 92-102, DOI: 10.1080/09739572.2013.853440. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0973-9572 (print )
dc.identifier.issn 0976-3457 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/09739572.2013.853440
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.rights © 2013 Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives, New Delhi. This is an electronic version of an article published in Diaspora Studies, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 92-102, 2013. doi : 10.1080/09739572.2013.853440. Diaspora Studies is available online at : en_US
dc.subject Indenture en_US
dc.subject Indians en_US
dc.subject Chinese en_US
dc.subject Colony of Natal en_US
dc.subject Transvaal Colony en_US
dc.title Indentured “coolie” labours in South Africa : the Indian and Chinese schemes in comparative perspective en_US
dc.type Postprint Article en_US

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