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Chinese shops and the formation of a Chinese expatriate community in Namibia

Dobler, Gregor. (2009) Chinese shops and the formation of a Chinese expatriate community in Namibia. The China quarterly : an international journal for the study of China, 199, Special Issue: SI. pp. 707-727.

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Abstract

The first Chinese migrants came to the Namibian border boom town Oshikango in 1999. Today, there are over 100 shops which sell Chinese goods to Angolan traders in that town of only around 10,000 inhabitants. This article describes their way of doing business and the economic interactions between migrants and the host society. By reacting to the host society's reaction to them, Chinese shopkeepers in Namibia are gradually developing into a migrant society with a distinct social structure. In an increasingly hostile political climate, Chinese entrepreneurs are faced with stronger regulation. This has not had the intended effect of pushing shopkeepers into manufacturing. Instead, it has sharpened social stratification among migrants, with traders better connected to Namibian authorities using their connections as an additional resource. In an optimistic view, the alliance between successful Chinese and Namibian actors could be the germ for a spill-over of Chinese entrepreneurial success; in a pessimistic view, it will create additional rents for some Namibians and give migrants the leverage to evade regulations.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Ethnologie > Visuelle und politische Ethnologie (Förster)
UniBasel Contributors:Dobler, Gregor
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0009-4439
Note:Note: Additional Publication or Translation in: Julia Strauss/ Martha Saavedra (eds.): China and Africa. Emerging Patterns in Globalization and Development. Cambridge, University Press 2010 -- Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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