Maintaining Connections

Stéphane Dufoix

in Diasporas

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520253599
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941298 | DOI:
Maintaining Connections

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Any attempt to describe the collective relationship of a community to space and time involves suggesting answers to several intertwined questions: What are the social frameworks through which relationships to a community's underpinnings are changed and reshaped? What “makes” a community? Is distance the equivalent of detachment or attachment? What is the role of time in maintaining and transforming connections? This chapter proposes an analytical framework for answering these questions. It postulates the existence of different ways of being connected to the referent-origin. Building communities, whether local or transstate, can then occur without reference to a territory.

Keywords: connections; space; time; community; territory

Chapter.  5862 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Migration Studies

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