Cultural Definitions Of Diaspora

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INTRODUCTION During the last decade, exilic and diasporic discourses have emerged in relation to contemporary examinations of the nation and postcolonial migration within cultural criticism, resulting in shifting definitions and usages of the terms. With an increasing critique of the racialized formation of national identity, scholars in such diverse fields as feminist, postcolonial and cultural studies have questioned the rooted, static, and sedentary logic of modernity. Challenging narratives of purity and rootedness, diasporic discourses are positioned to dismantle nationalist constructions of belonging, linking body and space in seamless tales of blood and family with land and territory. While diaspora also emerges in discussions of globalization and transnationalism, it has not always been fully linked to economic and material analyses. Diaspora was a scattered population with a common origin in a smaller geographic area. Diaspora can also refer to the movement of the population from its original homeland. Diaspora had dispersions of an involuntary nature, such as the expulsion of Jews from Judea, the African Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Europeans from north western Europe, the southern Chinese or Hindus of south Asia during the coolie trade, or the century-long exile of the Messenians under Spartan rule. Recently, scholars have distinguished between different kinds of diaspora, based on its causes such as imperialism, trade or

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