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Colonialism, Migration and the International Catholic Goan Community by Stella Mascarenhas-Keyes


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The International Catholic Goan Community transcends geographical boundaries, and has emerged over the last hundred years or so. Its origins lie in the social construction of a Local Catholic Goan Community in Goa from the 16th century, as a result of Portuguese colonial policies and practices. This book demonstrates how in the ICGC, multiple radial and lateral links emanate from and to Goa, the fountainhead, and reach out to the satellite communities, as well as between them, creating a veritable spider’s web.

The author holds a PhD in Social Anthropology. She has undertaken research on the Goan diaspora which involved ethnographic fieldwork in Goa, other parts of India, UK, Portugal, Dubai and Brazil.

Insightful, exhaustive and helps the reader to understand Goan migration. — Eduardo Faleiro, former NRI Commissioner, Goa and Union minister of the Government of India.

The insider knowledge that Stella Mascarenhas-Keyes brings to her subject makes her study particularly valuable. — Prof. Teotonio R de Souza, prominent Indo-Portuguese historian.

An important study by Stella Mascarenhas-Keyes on female emigration of Goans. — Prof Susana Sardo, Universidade de Aveiro

Dr Mascarenhas-Keyes… did 18 months of field work in Goa on the topic of migration. –The Navhind Times, Goa


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