Beyond being koelies and kantráki : constructing Hindostani identities in Suriname in the era of indenture, 1873-1921

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Author: Fokken, Margriet
Language: English
Summary: This book traces the self-positioning of Hindustani people in the face of British and Dutch colonial practices. Originally from India and shipped to the Dutch colony of Suriname after the abolition of slavery, the Hindustani served as contract labourers to keep the plantation system afloat from 1873. Central to the book is the perspective of the Hindustani themselves. We travel alongside the Hindustani from the moment they were recruited and their movement through the depots awaiting shipment, their travel experiences, their arrival in Suriname, relocation to plantations, and their dispersal following the end of their contracts, either as city workers, or farmers. All along, the book poses the question of identification: how did Hindustani make sense of themselves, their fellow Hindustani, and Surinamese society? Stereotyped images make way for insight in lived experience of lower and higher caste, Hindus and Muslims, men and women.
Physical Description: 384 p.
ISBN: 9789087047214
Published: Hilversum : Uitgeverij Verloren BV 2018.
Note: Proefschrift Groningen, 2018.

Call number

NEHA 1984/870