Journal Article

Diasporic Memories: Community, Individuality, and Creativity—A Life Stories Perspective

Mary Chamberlain

in The Oral History Review

Published on behalf of Oral History Association

Volume 36, issue 2, pages 177-187
Published in print January 2009 | ISSN: 0094-0798
Published online July 2009 | e-ISSN: 1533-8592 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ohr/ohp039
Diasporic Memories: Community, Individuality, and Creativity—A Life Stories Perspective

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Can we talk of a collective, diasporic memory? I will argue that in the case of the African-Caribbean community, there are distinctive features—such as the need to tell and the need to connect—which suggest that this diasporic memory is framed through identifiable cultural templates, which distinguish it from the memories of migrants.

Keywords: Caribbean; diasporic; memory; shame; slavery

Journal Article.  4597 words. 

Subjects: Oral History

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