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Authors:Altug Akin: Faculty of Communications, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey
Publication title:Revisiting Diasporic Condition: New Patterns of Nostalgia Among Turks in Sweden
Conference:Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11–13 June 2007
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:025
Article No.:011
Abstract: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.

Language:English
Year:2007
No. of pages:9
Pages:93-101
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/025/011/ecp072511.pdf
Available:2007-11-27
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Altug Akin (2007). Revisiting Diasporic Condition: New Patterns of Nostalgia Among Turks in Sweden, Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11–13 June 2007 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=025;article=011 (accessed 4/23/2014)