Article | Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007 | Revisiting Diasporic Condition: New Patterns of Nostalgia Among Turks in Sweden

Title:
Revisiting Diasporic Condition: New Patterns of Nostalgia Among Turks in Sweden
Author:
Altug Akin: Faculty of Communications, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey
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Year:
2007
Conference:
Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007
Issue:
025
Article no.:
011
Pages:
93-101
No. of pages:
9
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2007-11-27
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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One of the defining principles about diaspora populations is accepted as “they have a strong sense of collective memory which relates to the distant Homeland”. However; migrant experiences of our epoch provide a range of evidences to challenge some of the widespread assumptions about nostalgia of homeland which is supposed to be dominating diasporic condition.

On one hand; increasing synchronization between homeland and diaspora by means of contemporary communication technologies has led the migrant populations to update the rusty collective myths about the homeland. On the other hand; immigrant groups which have spent enough time in country of settlement to qualify as “early-comers”; such as the Turks in Sweden; tend to replace the “nostalgia of homeland” with a brand new nostalgia: “nostalgia of the early years of settlement in the country of migration”.

In this paper I will present the experiences of Turks in Sweden in order to reflect on the two-folded transformation re-shaping the nature of nostalgia in diaspora. Their story since 1966 will be utilized to illustrate these effects which necessitate a reconsideration of existing comprehension of the relationship between diaspora populations and nostalgia.

Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Altug Akin
Title:
Revisiting Diasporic Condition: New Patterns of Nostalgia Among Turks in Sweden
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Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Altug Akin
Title:
Revisiting Diasporic Condition: New Patterns of Nostalgia Among Turks in Sweden
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