By Gabriel Sheffer
This e-book is set a huge cultural-political phenomenon: ethno-national diasporas. whereas those teams try and "feel at domestic" of their host nations, they keep even as shut touch with their homelands to advertise their tradition and pursuits. The booklet analyzes their non-stop fight to take care of their id, set up, and struggle opposed to all wishing to avoid everlasting cost and integration within the host international locations. It discusses the complicated questions of the teams' loyalties to their homelands and host international locations in addition to their contributions to them.
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This means that when immigrants or members of established or incipient diasporas ﬁnd themselves in distress in a particular host country, they can relatively easily move to another. The hypothesis here is that those developments involve further ramiﬁcations regarding the identities of diaspora groups and the politics of homelands, host countries, and regional federations, such as the European Union and the states participating in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). These new trends have also created some diametrically opposite effects that constitute signiﬁcant political facets of the modern diaspora phenomenon and therefore should be reexamined.
The ﬁrst approach whose applicability must be reassessed is the “primordialist” (or “given” or “essentialist”) explanation for the roots of identity that contribute to the persistence of ethnicity and ethnic diasporism. Very brieﬂy, this approach emphasizes the roles of biological factors, physical markers such as skin color and facial contours, and cultural attributes such as common history, revered myths and legends, language, food, costumes, and folklore in creating and preserving the identities of ethnic nations and minorities, and, by implication, also the identities of ethno-national diasporas (Geertz 1963; Van den Berghe 1988; Chapman 1993; cf.
Their maintenance was possible because of shared languages, and they were facilitated by gradual improvements in the available means of transportation and communication (Cavalli-Sforza and Cavalli-Sforza 1995, pp. 159–63). ” Such social and political ethnic formations were created on the basis of bonds emerging from the bottom upward, rather than from top to bottom. Those “natural” bonds entailed the delineation of group boundaries, which were protected by prohibition of religious syncretism, of cultural assimilation, and of intermarriage.