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Diaspora mezi snem a realitou: znovuobjevená společenství pro transnacionální svět?

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Title in English Diaspora Between Dream and Reality: Reinvented Societies in the Transnational World?

HAMAR Eleonóra

Year of publication 2006
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Sociální studia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Philosophy and religion
Keywords diaspora; genealogy; generation; Jewish identities; memory; transnational identities; wandering
Description In the early nineteenths diaspora has become a key concept in post-colonial studies and since that time it is frequently used also in cultural and global studies focusing on the recent condition of transnational flows. In this text I analyze the diaspora as a “wandering” social structure via interpreting the diaspora theory of Jonathan and Daniel Boyarin, which takes the diaspora both as condition and project for a transnationally interconnected world. I show what role memory and remembering plays in their redefinition of the genealogical diasporic group identity and in what sense it is offered as a positive alternative to group identity based on territoriality. Finally I tackle the problem of powers of diaspora to demonstrate what risks are being reproduced by the unreflective universalizing of diaspora and by its de-contextualized utilization.
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