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Subjects of Empires/Citizens of StatesYemenis in Djibouti and Ethiopia$
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Samson A. Bezabeh

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167294

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167294.001.0001

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Disciplining the Natives

Disciplining the Natives

(p.29) 2. Disciplining the Natives
Subjects of Empires/Citizens of States

Samson A. Bezabeh

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter examines how the mobility of Yemenis during the first half of the twentieth century was structured in three spaces; namely the sea, port spaces, and the hinterland. To dispel the myth of free travel, and also not to create a false dichotomy between a precolonial period marked by the free movement of people and a colonial period marked by increased control, this chapter first looks at the structures of control used to regulate the movement of people in the precolonial period. It then provides a brief account of precolonial regulatory mechanisms, before looking at Yemeni interactions with this process under the influence of state/empire, beginning from the end of the nineteenth century.

Keywords:   sea, port spaces, hinterland, precolonial period, precolonial regulatory mechanisms, Yemeni mobility

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