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Transforming Diaspora: Communities beyond National Boundaries

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Transforming Diaspora brings together an eclectic collection of essays that challenges traditional understandings of the diasporic condition. Most studies of diaspora privilege place, thus creating a binary between homeland and hostland. This book argues that the emerging forces of transnationalism and globalization have rendered such a division obsolete. Rather, the editors posit transnationalism and globalization to be fundamental characteristics of contemporary diasporic communities. Exploring the effects of ...

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Overview

Transforming Diaspora brings together an eclectic collection of essays that challenges traditional understandings of the diasporic condition. Most studies of diaspora privilege place, thus creating a binary between homeland and hostland. This book argues that the emerging forces of transnationalism and globalization have rendered such a division obsolete. Rather, the editors posit transnationalism and globalization to be fundamental characteristics of contemporary diasporic communities. Exploring the effects of the present historical moment on diaspora, the essays examine the changes in the relationships between diasporas, homelands, and hostlands. The collection is divided into two broad categories. The first section offers reinterpretations of the fundamental understandings of diaspora. The second section explores the complex relationship between the theoretical concept of diaspora and the realities of daily life for diasporic citizens.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781611474411
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
  • Publication date: 11/17/2011
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin E. Field is assistant professor of English and the director of women’s studies at King’s College (Pennsylvania).

Parmita Kapadia is associate professor of English at Northern Kentucky University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Transforming Diaspora: Communities beyond National Boundaries Robin E. Field Parmita Kapadia ix

Part I Challenging Diaspora: The Discourse of Dispersal 1

Chapter 1 Against Diaspora: The Sinophone as Places of Cultural Production Shu-mei Shih 3

Chapter 2 Urban Aboriginal Migration in North America: A Diasporic Identity Jean-Paul Restoule 21

Chapter 3 African, Caribbean, American: Black English as Creole Tongue Wai Chee Dimock 37

Part II The Living Diaspora: Cultural Constructions and Psychological Dimensions 65

Chapter 4 Jews, Arabs, and the Virus of Diaspora in A. B. Yehoshua's The Liberated Bride Ranen Omer-Sherman 67

Chapter 5 Domestic Liminality: Intermarriage in the Diaspora Parmita Kapadia 89

Chapter 6 Global Citizens in Local Homes: Diana Abu-Jaber's Arabian Jazz in the Diaspora Bahareh Lampert 105

Chapter 7 "That's what I need to believe": Atom Egoyan's Ararat and the Heuristic Potential of "Diaspora" Janice Morris 119

Chapter 8 Unfolding Dual Diaspora in Minority Fiction of Singaporeans Abroad: The Dead Other at Home in Josephine Chia's Shadows across the Sun Tamara Wagner 135

Afterword: Against the Grain: Diaspora Studies at the Crossroads Amritjit Singh 153

Index 167

Biographies of Contributors 173

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