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Exile, Diaspora, and Return

Luis Roniger, Leonardo Senkman, Saúl Sosnowski and Mario Sznajder

Published in print January 2018 | ISBN: 9780190693961
Published online November 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190693992 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190693961.001.0001
Exile, Diaspora, and Return

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This book explores how Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay have been affected by postexilic relocations, transnational migrant displacements, and diasporas. It provides a systematic analysis of the formation of exile communities and diaspora politics, the politics of return, and the agenda of democratization in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, focusing on the impact of intellectuals, academics, activists, and public figures who had experienced exile on the reconstitution and transformation of their societies following democratization. Readers are offered a kaleidoscope of intellectual itineraries, debates, and contributions held in the public domain by individuals who confronted and fought authoritarian rule. The book covers their contributions to the restructuring and transformation of scientific disciplines and of the humanities and the arts, as well as their collective institutional impact on higher education, science and technology, and public institutions. Bringing together sociopolitical, cultural, and policy analysis with the testimonies of dozens of intellectuals, academics, political activists, and policymakers, the book addresses the impact of exile on people’s lives and on their fractured experiences, the debates and prospects of return, the challenges of dis-exile and postexilic trends, and, finally, the ways in which those who experienced exile impacted democratized institutions, public culture, and discourse. It also follows some crucial shifts in the frontiers of citizenship, moving analysis to transnational connections and permanent diasporas, including the diasporas of knowledge that increasingly changed the very meaning of being national and transnational, while connecting those countries to the global arena.

Keywords: political exile; forced migration; diaspora; democratization; return policies; Argentina; Chile; Uruguay; Paraguay; cultural change

Book.  296 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Politics

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