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The de-mobilization of diaspora: History, memory and 'latent identity'

Redclift, VM (2016) The de-mobilization of diaspora: History, memory and 'latent identity' Global Networks: a Journal of Transnational Affairs.

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Abstract

The ‘semantic domain’ (Tololyan, 1996) that the term diaspora inhabits has received much attention in recent years, not all of which has been kind to the concept. The most frequently cited conceptualizations have been framed by a search for definitional accuracy (Butler, 2001; Cohen, 1997; Safran, 1991; Shuval, 2000) and criticism has focussed on the concomitant tendency to consider the concept as a form of social categorization or descriptive tool. This, it has been argued, has resulted not only in the suggestion that ‘real’ diaspora exist alongside ‘fakes’ but also in the creation of ‘entities’ that emphasize coherence and objectivist measurement (Alexander, 2010). As Brubaker (2005: 2) noted, this strand of the diaspora literature has been “firmly rooted in a conceptual ‘homeland’”. Whether this was real or imagined the homeland has been depicted as an authoritative source of value, identity and loyalty, and diaspora have been defined descriptively with reference to that origin. This version of diaspora, defined by a teleology of return, has been described as “the old, the imperialising, the hegemonizing, form of ‘ethnicity’” (Hall, 1990: 8).

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
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Redclift, VMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 16 November 2016
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12150
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. © 2016 The Author(s) Global Networks © 2016 Global Networks Partnership & John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 08 Jun 2016 08:02
Last Modified : 07 Dec 2016 09:11
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810970

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