Diaspora, Memory, and Identity: A Search for Home
Diaspora, Memory, and Identity: A Search for Home by Vijay Agnew

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Author: Vijay Agnew
Title: Diaspora, Memory, and Identity: A Search for Home
ISBN: 0802090338
ISBN13: 978-0802090331
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Pages: 260 pages
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (February 3, 2006)
Language: English
Size PDF version: 1626 kb
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Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Social Sciences

Memories establish a connection between a collective and individual past, between origins, heritage, and history. Those who have left their places of birth to make homes elsewhere are familiar with the question, "Where do you come from?" and respond in innumerable well-rehearsed ways. Diasporas construct racialized, sexualized, gendered, and oppositional subjectivities and shape the cosmopolitan intellectual commitment of scholars. The diasporic individual often has a double consciousness, a privileged knowledge and perspective that is consonant with postmodernity and globalization.

The essays in this volume reflect on the movements of people and cultures in the present day, when physical, social, and mental borders and boundaries are being challenged and sometimes successfully dismantled. The contributors - from a variety of disciplinary perspectives - discuss the diasporic experiences of ethnic and racial groups living in Canada from their perspective, including the experiences of South Asians, Iranians, West Indians, Chinese, and Eritreans. Diaspora, Memory, and Identity is an exciting and innovative collection of essays that examines the nuanced development of theories of Diaspora, subjectivity, double-consciousness, gender and class experiences, and the nature of home.


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