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Dialect of the Diaspora - Sourceland, Empire and Homelands.

McLaren, John (2003) Dialect of the Diaspora - Sourceland, Empire and Homelands. In: The Regenerative Spirit. Lythrum Press, Adelaide, S. Aust., pp.36-43. ISBN 0975126024

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While oil and water are the most important physical factors of international politics at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the most important human factors are population and migration. Population pressures are intricately connected with poverty and oppression, which in turn lead to the voluntary migration of millions in search of better economic opportunities and the involuntary migration of other millions in flight from tyranny and oppression. Yet this distinction is itself of doubtful validity, when economic conditions are so bleak as to generate activity that produces the threats to life that drive out refugees, and are themselves a form of oppression. The term diaspora, which makes no distinction based on the reasons behind the fact of emigration, is the most useful tool for conceiving this vast flood of humanity that is forcing a complete reconsideration of such concepts as nations, strangers, aliens and refugees, and is generating new forms of oppression masked by such terms as border-control or counter-terrorism. The history and writing of the Indian diaspora offers some possibility of coming to terms with this phenomenon that has now moved from them margins to the centre of the world stage.

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Published as McLaren, John (2003) Dialect of the Diaspora -Sourceland, Empire and Homelands. in The Regenerative Spirit. Ed(s). Nena Bierbaum, Syd Harrex and Sue Hosking. Lythrum Press, Adelaide. 36-43

Uncontrolled Keywords: Added ResPubID6356, 23.01.12-MMM. dialect; diaspora; empire; homelands; population; migration
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
RFCD Classification > 370000 Studies in Human Society
Depositing User: Mr Angeera Sidaya
Date Deposited: 29 May 2006
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:38
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/435
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