Digital diasporas

Authored by: Mihaela Nedelcu

Routledge Handbook of Diaspora Studies

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  August  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138631137
eBook ISBN: 9781315209050
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The vibrant expansion of the digital revolution has transformed migration processes, and the new figure of the ‘online migrant’ (Nedelcu 2009a, 2016) – also termed as ‘connected’ (Diminescu 2010) or ‘co-present’ (Nedelcu and Wyss 2016) – embodies a new ideal-type of mobile population in the twenty-first century. This ideal-type refers to migrants intensively engaged in transnational ways of being and ways of belonging, who are developing new transnational habitus and disseminating cosmopolitan values; while simultaneously engaging in reviving and/or reinventing their myths of origin (Nedelcu 2009a, 2012). This transformation reflects a more global process of cosmopolitanization of social life, in which dialogic imagination makes co-existing particularistic and cosmopolitan attitudes and social practices across borders (Beck 2002a; Nedelcu 2012).

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