The Social Logics of Need

Jeremy Prestholdt

in Domesticating the World

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254244
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941472 | DOI:
The Social Logics of Need

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The admiration of the changing dynamics of trans-local relationships requires an examination of the logics that shape them on all sides. East Africans maintained connections across the Indian Ocean region for at least two thousand years. In the nineteenth century, many cities along the East African coast accessed new inter-oceanic commercial circuits that linked them with more of the world than ever before. The configurations of these connections were determined both by foreign demands for East African commodities and reciprocal East African demands for imported consumer goods, as well as by new patterns of migration and conversion of an individual's beliefs. The chapter outlines the social logics of East African consumer demand by exploring attitudes toward and rationales for demand in Mombasa—East Africa's second most important commercial center—during a period of rapid integration into both Zanzibari and broader trans-oceanic commercial systems.

Keywords: East African; trans-local relationships; social logic; demand; Mombasa

Chapter.  10894 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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