Border Terrains: World Diasporas in the 21st Century is a comprehensive collection of research in diasporic communities on six continents. The contributors are scholars from institutions across the globe, and their contributions reflect the diverse set of lenses through which the diasporic experience can be examined. The impacts of contemporary global realities and old world phenomena on the construction of collective membership are explored through the lenses of identity negotiation, religious faith, language, media and representations in fiction. The role of home and belonging are considered in relation to distinctiveness, rootedness and cultural hybridity. Critical issues in living outside one’s national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, spiritual or political homeland are presented.
Border Terrains: World Diasporas in the 21st Century
Edited by Allyson Eamer
Border Terrains examines 21st century diasporas through the lenses of identity negotiation, religious faith, language, media and representations in fiction. This collection includes diasporas in North America, Australia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, South America and Southeast Asia.
Categories: Culture, Diversity, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Digital Books.
Tags: Belonging, culture, diaspora, ethnicity, Homeland, identity, integration, linguistic capital, media, minority, multiculturalism, patriarchy, religious minority, social capital, transnationalism.
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Section 1: Border Terrains Negotiated
Children of the Chinese Diaspora: Constructing Chineseness in Australia
Which Nation Do I Belong to? How Middle-Class Indian Women in Malaysia Negotiate Diasporic Identity and Local Nation Building
Sally Anne Malar Param
Section 2: Border Terrains Sectarianised
Part 1: Jewish/Israeli Diasporas
Social Identification among Israeli Migrants’ Descendants in North America: Is It Diasporic, Assimilative or Transnational?
Lilach Lev Ari
The Importance of Minority/Majority Origins in Diasporas Research: The Israeli Case
Negotiating National Identity in the Diaspora: The Jewish-Israeli Subject between Zionist Ideology and Diasporic Reality
Part 2: Christian Diasporas
Middle Eastern Christian Immigrant Communities as Diasporas
Far from Aram-Nahrin: The Suryoye Diaspora Experience
Copts in Diaspora: Transnational Belonging as ‘Home’ is Changing
Lise Paulsen Galal
Section 3: Border Terrains Communicated
Making English Our Own: Ethnolects in Toronto’s Diasporas
Language, People and Migration: The Language Biography as a Cultural Identity Construct
Section 4: Border Terrains Represented
The Kosovar Diaspora in Switzerland: Cultures, Identities and Senses of Belonging
Marta Cola and Manuel Mauri Brusa
Diaspora, Identity and Community: Caribbean Immigrant Organisations in Toronto
How to Make Europe/EU Multi-Cultural: A Users’ Guide
Section 5: Border Terrains Narrated
Rootedness and Globalisation: Identity and Belonging in M. G. Vassanji’s The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
Gendering Diaspora: Revisioning Home/Redefining the Concept
Newtona (Tina) Johnson
Allyson Eamer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Canada. She researches in the space she calls the ‘i4’ – the intersection of three discourses: Language Education, Social Justice and Technology Enhanced Learning. Her interest in language and identity includes both diasporic and aboriginal communities.