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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|
|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.
|No. of pages:||9|
|Series:||Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings|
|Publisher:||Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet|
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