Interweaving threads of credit and debt: Trading (through) textiles in colonial Dar es Salaam
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Author(s) Brühwiler, Benjamin
Author(s) at UniBasel Brühwiler, Benjamin
Year 2018
Title Interweaving threads of credit and debt: Trading (through) textiles in colonial Dar es Salaam
Journal Business history
Volume 60
Number 4
Pages / Article-Number 474-491
Keywords History, Africa, East Africa, Dar es Salaam, economy, business, credit, debt, twentieth century, entrepreneurship
Abstract Tracing the modus operandi of textile traders in colonial Dar es Salaam, this article makes a case for viewing the availability and extension of credit in the form of textiles as a central aspect of traders’ lives. The versatility of textiles in the local context of Dar es Salaam not only contributed to their high demand, their use as the main medium of exchange and the basis on which credit was extended; it also shaped the local conceptualisation of entrepreneurship. For textile traders in colonial Dar es Salaam, it was of economic, social and cultural importance to always be both in debt and have others in debt to them.
Publisher Routledge
ISSN/ISBN 0007-6791 ; 1743-7938
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00076791.2017.1325466
edoc-URL http://edoc.unibas.ch/56463/
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Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1080/00076791.2017.1325466
ISI-Number WOS:000428291500003
Document type (ISI) Article
 
   

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