Border Terrains: World Diasporas in the 21st Century


Border Terrains: World Diasporas in the 21st Century


Edited by Allyson Eamer

Year: 2012

Format: eBook


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.

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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.

Allyson Eamer

Section 1: Border Terrains Negotiated

Children of the Chinese Diaspora: Constructing Chineseness in Australia
Yujia Wang

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
Elyakim Kislev

Negotiating National Identity in the Diaspora: The Jewish-Israeli Subject between Zionist Ideology and Diasporic Reality
Yuval Moshkovitz

Part 2: Christian Diasporas

Middle Eastern Christian Immigrant Communities as Diasporas
Fiona McCallum

Far from Aram-Nahrin: The Suryoye Diaspora Experience
Marta Wozniak

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
Allyson Eamer

Language, People and Migration: The Language Biography as a Cultural Identity Construct
Florin-Teodor Olariu

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
Janine Rose

How to Make Europe/EU Multi-Cultural: A Users’ Guide
Hatice Sitki

Section 5: Border Terrains Narrated

Rootedness and Globalisation: Identity and Belonging in M. G. Vassanji’s The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
Jairus Omuteche

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.