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:

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The term “diaspora” matched the essence of the modern world. Relieved of its heavy burden of misery, persecution, and punishment, the word nicely fits the changes in the relationship to distance, in view of the quasi disappearance of time in its relationship to space. The possibility of nearness between people who resemble each other in some way—whether religious, national, ethnic, cultural, professional—allows non-territorialized links to emerge. “Diaspora” has become a global word that fits the global world. It has been a proper noun, in the Septuagint Bible, and a quasi-proper noun for Armenians, Greeks, Africans, and others. Today, it is a common noun. It describes and “speaks” itself.

Keywords: diaspora; global; word; religion; national

Chapter.  821 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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