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Managing Distance

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520253599.003.0005
Managing Distance

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Being far from home is often a rupture, and for the last two centuries, state authorities and those living far from the referent-origin—state, nation, or territory—have tried to fight it. This chapter discusses three different approaches to decrease the distance between individuals or groups and their land, whether it is their own homeland or that of their ancestors. The aim of the approach is to create proximity in spite of physical distance: objective and legal proximity when it occurs or can occur within the formal links of nationality and representation within the state; political proximity when actions are taken from afar in the name of the nation against an occupying state or a regime judged illegitimate; and temporal proximity when modern means of communication allow a connected intimacy with the homeland despite being far away.

Keywords: distance; abroad; homeland; communication

Chapter.  7665 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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