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Diasporas in the New Media Age

Identity, Politics, and Community

Andoni Alonso

Publication Year: 2010

Published by: University of Nevada Press

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pp. v-vi

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pp. ix-xii

The widespread use of computer-based technologies, such as the Internet and the Web, constitutes a new dimension in the study of emigrant and diasporic identities and cultures within the context of the current processes of globalization. The use of distance- and time-shrinking telecommunication technologies, such...

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Immigrant Worlds' Digital Harbors

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pp. 1-16

Santiago Ibarra was born in Bilbao in the Basque province of Bizkaia in 1899, and at the early age of fifteen immigrated to Argentina with his seventeen- year-old brother. The chapter epigraph recounts his first day in Buenos Aires, according to a 1954 autobiography. It addresses his loneliness, nostalgia,...

Part I

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pp. 17

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1 Interconnected Immigrants

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pp. 19-38

Fatima is a twenty-five-year-old woman who works as a journalist at a local television station in Barcelona. The first thing she does every day when she arrives home at eight o’clock is go to the computer and connect her Webcam and Skype. A few minutes later, her parents and grandmother get connected from Casablanca...

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2 Migration, Info. Tech.

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pp. 39-48

As other chapters in this volume illustrate, diasporas’ use of the Internet yields important consequences beyond cyberspace. Diasporas are increasingly recognized for their potential contributions to homeland socioeconomic development. These contributions include economic remittances, diaspora philanthropy...

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3 Digital Diaspora

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pp. 49-64

The goal of this essay is to assess how information technology has affected subaltern diasporic communities in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco metropolitan area and to develop a theoretical understanding of the diverse manifestations of the problem so that genuine public policy can...

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4 Activist Commons for Poeple without States of Cybergolem

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pp. 65-82

We must begin this article writing about the deep connection between the purpose of this paper and its dual authorship.1 The “we” refers to an activist and intellectual node composed by artists and scholars who have joined together to generate theoretical work under the label of Cybergolem. Thus...

Part II

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pp. 83

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5 Oprah, 419, and DNA

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pp. 85-109

The term African diaspora is relatively new, having become popular after World War II and first defined formally in a 1965 essay by George Shepperson. As noted by Edwards (2001) the specific phrase African diaspora contrasts with prior terms such as Pan-Africanism in ways that convey its orientation toward...

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6 Cyber CVs

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pp. 110-121

The question of identity has been a long-standing matter of contention among people who claim Cape V erdean heritage. While the politics of identity formation have played out largely within the national and transnational spaces in which Cape V erdeans reside, these debates are now echoed in cyberspace, through...

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7 Nationalist Networks

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pp. 122-135

The ways that Eritreans in diaspora are engaged with cyberspace reveal some of the ways that transnational migration, coupled with new technologies of communication, is transforming political participation. The Internet may be the quintessential media for diasporas because it so easily bridges distance and dispersal. But...

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8 Keeping the Link

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pp. 136-150

In the summer of 2007 news and weather agencies began tracking the progress of Tropical Storm Dean in the mid-Atlantic. A week later, the storm moved into the Caribbean, steadily growing in intensity. By August 17, Dean was reclassified as a Category 4 hurricane, and the island nation of Jamaica was placed on a hurricane...

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9 Maintaining Transnational Identity

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pp. 151-169

In 2000 there were an estimated 451m illion Internet users worldwide, which represented 7.4 percent of the world’s population.1 By 2006 the number of users had jumped to one and a half billion, or approximately 25 percent of the world’s population. The growth in Internet use between 2000 and 2006 has been especially...

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10 Tidelike Diasporas in Brazil

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pp. 170-189

The diaspora phenomenon has become a component of globalization. It is a complex, systemic, and nontemporary phenomenon that is not localized geographically speaking but rather worldwide. Given its complexity, and the different forms it may take, we speak not of one diaspora but rather of severaldiasporas,,,

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11 Salvadoran Diaspora

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pp. 190-208

The phenomenon of transnational communities in the context of international migration flows and globalization processes has introduced new perspectives for understanding the dynamics of diasporas, communication practices, and the intricacies of the global digital divide. Indeed, recent communication research...

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12 3D Indian (Digital) Diasporas

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pp. 209-224

There are several entry points into online South Asian digital formations. Some privilege the cultural and social practices; some privilege the economic routes. The several “routes” crisscross in layers. Neither the cultural nor the economic routes are mutually exclusive. It is just that the cultural entry point tends to...

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13 Internate and New Chinese Migrants

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pp. 225-241

The Chinese diaspora is one of the major global diasporas, and Chinese communities exist in many corners of the earth, from Oceania and Africa to Europe and America (Cohen 1997, 85–94; Pan 1998). Emigration from China was most significant from the 1850s to 1920s, when massive numbers of Chinese, usually men...

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14 Migration of Chinese Professionals

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pp. 242-264

Robin Li (Li Hongyan) graduated from Beijing’s Peking University, the “Harvard” of China, in 1991.1 Like many of the graduates from China’s elite universities at the time, he headed to the United States for a graduate-level education in computer science. Before he finished his Ph.D. at the State University of New York...

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15 "Cybernaut" Diaspora

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pp. 265-290

The proliferation of satellite broadcasting and new transnational media technologies has become accessible to the Arab diaspora, allowing diasporans to reintegrate into their homeland’s life and society.1 This situation raises the important questions of how these new media work and what their implications...

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16 Net Nationalism

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pp. 291-316

Following the deadly riots in Xinjiang in early July 2009, news agencies and other organizations received e-mail messages calling on Tibetans to participate in worldwide protests and demonstrations in front of China’s diplomatic missions in support of and solidarity with the suppressed Uyghurs in East Turkestan...

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17 Migrate Like a Galician

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pp. 317-337

The Basque diaspora Webscape encompasses Web sites authored or commissioned by Basques in the homeland as well as in the diaspora. My interest lies within the framework of the Web landscape established by the Basque diaspora institutional Web sites, which create a common networked set of online discourses across...

18 Basque Diaspora Digital Nationalism

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pp. 338-350


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pp. 351-356


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pp. 357-368

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E-ISBN-13: 9780874178166
Print-ISBN-13: 9780874178159

Page Count: 288
Publication Year: 2010

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  • Nationalism and technology.
  • Information technology -- Social aspects.
  • Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects.
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