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Longing in Belonging the Cultural Politics of Settlement

by Suzan Ilcan

  • ISBN: 9780275967369
  • ISBN10: 0275967360

Longing in Belonging the Cultural Politics of Settlement

by Suzan Ilcan

  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
  • Publish date: 05/01/2002
  • ISBN: 9780275967369
  • ISBN10: 0275967360
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Description: The mobilization of people, populations, and places--and the social interrelations of space and time, memory and longing, and the global and local--are uniquely analyzed in this fascinating study. Instead of viewing social and cultural relations through the lenses of rigid institutions, fixed territories, or rooted communities, Ilcan focuses on mobile sites to explore the cultural politics of settlement. This book examines the social relations of longing and belonging to be found in nation building, ethnographic practices, dwelling, and diasporas. Ilcan propels us into various dimensions of movement, as well as social relations in the fields of dispersion, transition, and displacement. Drawing on insights from cultural studies, sociology, and anthropology, she inquires into contemporary and critical issues on the movement of peoples. Transitional communities represent the tensions and risks confronting those compelled to leave home, or those for whom a sense of longing superseded any feeling of belonging. This book provides fresh insight into the placement, and displacement, of particular social groups, including guest workers, migrants, and immigrants. Ilcan covers the varieties of diasporic relations and the settlements they form, as well as the manifold ways in which they affect traditional practices of settlement. She considers the cultural, economic, and political implications of globalization, evoking the struggle in our places of habitation, and the strategies deployed to subvert our habits of settlement.
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