A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism by Ato Quayson, Girish Daswani

By Ato Quayson, Girish Daswani

It's also part of morality to not be at domestic in a single ’ s own residence. [Theodor Adorno (2006)]

A significant other to Diaspora and Transnationalism deals a ground-breaking mixed dialogue of the strategies of diaspora and transnationalism. Newly commissioned essays through prime students supply interdisciplinary views that hyperlink jointly the thoughts in new and significant ways.

- A wide-ranging assortment which studies the main major advancements and gives priceless insights into present key debates in transnational and diaspora studies
- includes newly commissioned essays by means of prime students, with a view to either impact the sector, and stimulate additional perception and dialogue within the future
- presents interdisciplinary views on diaspora and transnationalism which hyperlink the 2 thoughts in new and demanding ways
- Combines theoretical dialogue with particular examples and case stories

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Finally, I identify some major themes that have emerged and look at anthropology’s contributions to the dialogue around transnationalism and diaspora. This chapter is by no means an exhaustive review of the literature on transnationalism and diaspora within anthropology. Instead it explores the trajectory of the transnational and diasporic in anthropology, while paying attention to methods, differences between heuristic concepts, and to the main areas of research anthropology has contributed to.

While migrant groups are often invited to help build a country’s economy, many are also described as a danger and a threat, especially in times of socioeconomic instability. If the nation is defined as a symbolic community that shares state borders, nationalism becomes “the political utilization of the symbol nation through discourse and political activity, as well as the sentiment that draws people into responding to this symbol’s use” (Verdery 1996: 227). Popular sentiments linked to a sense of nationalism created along the lines of “common blood,” “dominant race,” or “people of the soil” are often used to create fear and hostility against outsiders who are seen to be “swarming” into the country and changing its moral fabric.

For example Malinowski’s (1922) interest in the kula exchange demonstrated how the complexity of these circular movements of ceremonial exchange were central to the cultural lives of the Trobriand islanders. E. E. Evans-Pritchard (1940), in The Nuer, describes a segmentary organization in which personal identity is relative to the social context in which one finds oneself. One’s identity and where one considers “home” are always situated in cultural understandings of place, as well as located within a structure of power relationships, but they are also context-dependent, experienced according to different forms of interpellation, and interpreted according to interpersonal considerations such as the social distance and closeness between speakers.

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