The challenges of online diaspora research

Authored by: Emily Noelle Ignacio

Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415779722
eBook ISBN: 9780203863299
Adobe ISBN: 9781135183493


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Because of the spread of global capitalism and innovations in transportation, telecommunications, and technology, as well as changes in citizenship and immigration laws, scholarship on immigration, especially diaspora, has necessarily changed. These changes have made it apparent that scholars cannot adequately capture the experiences of immigrants or understand the effects of structural changes on immigrants if scholars insist upon “home and host country frameworks” (Purkayastha 2009: 95). For example, because members of the diaspora, some belonging to one family (like my own) are scattered all over the world, they have to simultaneously grapple with specific social, political, and economic forces within their host country, their home country, as well as negotiate the interrelationship between various host countries and/or their home country.

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