Immigrant identities, communities and forms of cultural expression : The Lebanese diaspora in New York, Montreal, and Paris
Summary, in English
Diaspora refers to the multiple loyalties that migrants have to places and societies: their connections to the space they currently occupy, or host country; their continuing involvement with the homeland; and their involvement with the larger diaspora community. These multiple loyalties allow for the flourishing of communal life, and the increasing involvement with global issues and cosmopolitan identification. Thus, the framework of diaspora promises significant contributions to the understanding of the complex dynamics involved in migration and globalization.
Utilizing in-depth interviews with seventy-seven first-generation Lebanese immigrants in Montreal, New York City and Paris, the analysis explores three main areas of inquiry: (1) the manner in which members of diasporic communities make sense of their identities; (2) the types of networks and alliances that structure diaspora communities; and (3) the kinds of cultural expression members of these communities generate. As three manifestations of diasporic experiences, immigrants’ forms of identification, community attachments and cultural expression point to the ways Lebanese immigrants are moving beyond nationality, ethnicity and religion and giving rise to cosmopolitan solidarities and forms of identification.
State University of New York, Albany
- Other Social Sciences
- Steven Seidman
5 May 2004
State University of New York
- Richard Alba