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The demobilization of diaspora: history, memory and ‘latent identity’

Redclift, V; (2016) The demobilization of diaspora: history, memory and ‘latent identity’. Global Networks , 17 (4) pp. 500-517. 10.1111/glob.12150. Green open access

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Abstract

In the context of sustained interest in the mobilization of diasporic identities, I consider how and why diasporic identities might be demobilized over time. I use the case of an Indian Pakistani community in the UK and the USA (sometimes referred to as ‘Bihari’) to examine how historical memories of conflict are narrated in diaspora and the impact this has on the presence or absence of ‘diasporic consciousness'. The significance of memory in diasporic and transnational communities has been neglected, especially where the narration of historical events is concerned. The impact of forgetting has received particularly scant attention. I argue that, in the absence of this story, important lessons about the role of history in the formation of community are obscured. In this example, the ‘latent’ identities created on diaspora's demobilization help us to unpick the dyadic relations of ‘home’ and ‘away’ at the heart of essentialist conceptualizations of the concept.

Type: Article
Title: The demobilization of diaspora: history, memory and ‘latent identity’
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/glob.12150
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12150
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 The Author(s) Global Networks © 2016 Global Networks Partnership & John Wiley & Sons Ltd This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: ‘BIHARI’, DIASPORIC CONSCIOUSNESS, DIASPORIC IDENTITY, HISTORIES OF CONFLICT, MEMORY, SOUTH ASIAN DIASPORA
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10057123
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