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'Diaspora' diasporas' representations of their homelands: exploring the polymorphs

Morawska, E (2011) ''Diaspora' diasporas' representations of their homelands: exploring the polymorphs.' Ethnic and Racial Studies, 34 (6). pp. 1029-1048. ISSN 0141-9870

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Abstract

This essay attempts to flexify three overly rigid claims persistent in the diaspora literature: that diaspora members? imaginations of the homeland are either beautifying/idealizing or unequivocally inimical; that their relations with the host country are inherently distant?they are in it but not of it; and that diasporism and (im)migrant transnationalism constitute two dictinct phenomena. It also aims at genderizing the stubbornly genderless study of diasporas. The empirical analysis compares representations of the homeland among turn-of-the-twentieth-century and present-day lower-class Polish �migr�s in the United States and the United Kingdom, first-wave (1959-61) Cuban refugees in Miami and 1956 Hungarian political refugees dispersed into different West European countries, and contemporary Mexican men and women migrants in the American Southwest. On the basis of these comparative assessments the author also identifies the main macro- and micro-level structural and agentic circumstances that in different constellations shape diaspora members? portrayals of the homeland.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ?Diaspora? diasporas; imaginations of the homeland; relations with host country
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2011 12:13
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:23
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1780

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