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Description - Diaspora, Identity and Religion by Waltraud Kotot

Over the last decade, concepts of diaspora and locality have gained complex new meanings in political discourse as well as in social and cultural studies. Diaspora, in particular, has acquired new meanings related to notions such as global deterritorialization, transnational migration and cultural hybridity. This evolution seems to imply that locality is no longer a relevant point of reference for collective identities. This book, however argues that locality has not lost its meaning entirely. It claims that, although diasporas transcend boundaries, they remain sited and space and place thus remain important points of reference. Diaspora and locality, rather than being opposed or contradictory, are interrelated. The authors discuss the key concepts and theory, focus on the meaning of religion both as a factor in forming diasporic social organisations, as well as shaping and maintaining diasporic identities, and the appropriation of space and place in history. It includes up to date research of the Caribbean, Irish, Armenian, African and Greek diasporas.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415309912
ISBN-10: 0415309913
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 159mm x 16mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 17-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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