European Identity and Culture

Author: Markus Thiel
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317139593
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As the EU continues its integration process, the concepts of culture and transnational European belonging remain ambivalent, whether in the realm of socio-historical representation or mass politics. Engaging with recent scholarly debates surrounding the formation of collective transnational identities, this collection draws on the latest empirical case studies to explore the meaning and composition of European identity, the mechanisms that create and shape it and the question of whom it includes. Each author pays close attention to the cultural aspects of identity formation, whether manifested in official, institutional articulations, such as symbols, coinage, ceremonies and discursive manifestations, or in the cultures of the everyday, such as through new forms of communication networks, consumption or leisure. Exploring attempts by various actors - institutions, groups, individuals - to create transnational European identities, European Identity and Culture scrutinizes the cultural formations that have either reignited or emerged in often contradictory relations to the EU project, including local, regional and transnational allegiances. A rich, interdisciplinary investigation of the role of culture in the formation of European identity, whether as a central building block to unity or as a formidable obstacle to a common sense of purpose, this book will be of interest to scholars across the social sciences and humanities working on questions of political culture, European integration, citizenship and (trans-) national identity.

Heritage Diaspora and the Consumption of Culture

Author: Diane Sabenacio Nititham
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317122291
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Using an interdisciplinary and transhistorical framework this book examines the cultural, material, and symbolic articulations of Irish migration relationships from the medieval period through to the contemporary post-Celtic Tiger era. With attention to people’s different uses of social space, relationships with and memories of the landscape, as well as their symbolic expressions of diasporic identity, Heritage, Diaspora and the Consumption of Culture examines the different forms of diaspora over time and contributes to contemporary debates on home, foreignness, globalization and consumption. By examining various movements of people into and out of Ireland, the book explores how expressions of cultural capital and symbolic power have changed over time in the Irish collective imagination, shedding light on the ways in which Ireland is represented and Irish culture consumed and materialized overseas. Arranged around the themes of home and location, identity and material culture, and global culture and consumption, this collection brings together the work of scholars from the UK, Ireland, Europe, the US and Canada, to explore the ways in which the processes of movement affect the people’s negotiation and contestation of concepts of identity, the local and the global. As such, it will appeal to scholars working in fields such as sociology, politics, cultural studies, history and archaeology, with interests in migration, gender studies, diasporic identities, heritage and material culture.

Home Identity and Mobility in Contemporary Diasporic Fiction

Author: Jopi Nyman
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9042026901
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This innovative volume discusses the significance of home and global mobility in contemporary diasporic fiction written in English. Through analyses of central diasporic and migrant writers in the United Kingdom and the United States, the timely volume exposes the importance of home and its reconstruction in diasporic literature in the era of globalization and increasing transnational mobility. Through wide-ranging case studies dealing with a variety of black British and ethnic American writers,Home, Identity, and Mobility in Contemporary Diasporic Fiction shows how new identities and homes are constructed in the migrants' new homelands. The volume examines how diasporic novels inscribe hybridity and multiplicity in formerly uniform spaces and subvert traditional understandings of nation, citizenship, and history. Particular emphasis is on the ways in which diasporic fictions appropriate and transform traditional literary genres such as theBildungsroman and the picaresque to explore the questions of migration and transformation. The authors discussed include Caryl Phillips, Jamal Mahjoub, Mike Phillips, Hari Kunzru, Kamila Shamsie, Benjamin Zephaniah, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Cynthia Kadohata, Ana Castillo, Diana Abu-Jaber, and Bharati Mukherjee. The volume is of particular interest to all scholars and students of post-colonial and ethnic literatures in English.

Africa in Europe

Author: Eve Rosenhaft
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
ISBN: 1846318475
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Africa in Europe goes beyond the still-dominant American and transatlantic focus of disapora studies, examining the experiences of black and white Africans, Afro-Caribbeans, and African Americans in Western Europe, Britain, and the former Soviet Union from the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first. Exploring a huge range of border-crossing experiences across and within Africa and Europe, it examines topics such as ethnic and cultural boundaries, working across the color line, and the limits of solidarity. With contributions from scholars in social history, art history, anthropology, cultural studies, and literary studies, as well from a novelist and a filmmaker, it offers a broad look at the intersection of Africa and Europe at all levels, from family and community to culture and politics.

Sikhs Across Borders

Author: Knut A. Jacobsen
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441113878
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Explores Sikh praxis and self-representation across geopolitical borders, with a focus on empirical research on Sikhs in Europe

New Routes for Diaspora Studies

Author: Sukanya Banerjee
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253006015
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Study of diasporas provides a useful frame for reimagining locations, movements, identities, and social formations. This volume explores diaspora as historical experience and as a category of analysis. Using case studies drawn from African and Asian diasporas and immigration in the U.S., the contributors interrogate ideas of displacement, return, and place of origin as they relate to diasporic identity. They also consider how practices of commensality become grounds for examining identity and difference and how narrative and aesthetic forms emerge through the context of diaspora.

Mein fremder Bruder

Author: Tahmima Anam
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3458751106
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Wie kann es sein, daß der eigene Bruder plötzlich nur noch die Regeln Allahs befolgt? Daß er den eigenen Sohn vernachlässigt, weil er glaubt, daß Gott es so will? Als Maya Haque nach vielen Jahren zu ihrer Familie nach Dhaka zurückkehrt, versteht sie die Welt nicht mehr. Sohail, ihr geliebter Bruder, einst ein fortschrittlich denkender junger Mann und wie sie flammender Kämpfer für die Freiheit Bangladeschs, hat sich in einen strenggläubigen Moslem verwandelt. Mayas Elternhaus ist zum Ort fundamentalistischen Wahns geworden, und Sohail verbietet seinem Sohn Zaid den Besuch einer weltlichen Schule. Aber auch in Mayas Leben hat sich viel verändert. Als Ärztin auf dem Land mußte sie erfahren, wie brutal Frauen unterdrückt werden, wie stark der dumpfe Aberglaube der Dorfbevölkerung nach wie vor ist. Die Greuel des Unabhängigkeitskrieges haben bei allen tiefe Spuren hinterlassen: den unzähligen vergewaltigten Frauen, den traumatisierten jungen Kämpfern. Maya nimmt sich des vernachlässigten kleinen Zaids an. Aber als Sohail Zaid auf eine entfernte Koranschule schickt, wo er mißhandelt wird, ist für Maya das Maß voll.

Childhood and Migration in Europe

Author: Allen White
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409492885
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Childhood and Migration in Europe explores the under-researched and often misunderstood worlds of migrant children and young people, drawing on extensive empirical research with children and young people from diverse migrant backgrounds living in a rapidly changing European society. Through in-depth exploration and analysis of the experiences of children who moved to Ireland in the first decade of the 21st century, it addresses the tendency of migration research and policy to overlook the presence of children in migratory flows. Challenging dominant adult-centric perspectives on contemporary global migration flows and presenting understandings of the lives of migrant children and young people from their own experiences, this book presents a detailed exploration of children's lives in four different migrant populations in Ireland. With a unique comparative perspective, Childhood and Migration in Europe advances upon current conceptualisations of migration and integration by interrogating accepted views of migrant children and focusing on children's own voices and experiences. It challenges the prevailing assimilationist discourses underlying much existing research and policy, which often construct migrant children as deficient in different ways and in need of 'being integrated'.

African Transnational Diasporas

Author: D. Pasura
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137326573
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Pasura proposes a framework for understanding African diasporas as core, epistemic, dormant and silent diasporas. The book explores the origin, formation and performance of the Zimbabwean transnational diaspora in Britain and examines how the diaspora is constituted in the hostland and how it maintains connections with the homeland.