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Diasporas in the new media age : identity, politics, and community /
edited by Andoni Alonso and Pedro J. Oiarzabal.
imprint
Reno : University of Nevada Press, c2010.
description
xii, 368 p.
ISBN
0874178150 (pbk.), 9780874178159 (pbk.)
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Book
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imprint
Reno : University of Nevada Press, c2010.
isbn
0874178150 (pbk.)
9780874178159 (pbk.)
catalogue key
7161214
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Andoni Alonso is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Extremadura, Cceres (Spain). He is the author of many articles and books, including Basque Cyberculture: From Digital Euskadi to Cyber Euskalherria. Pedro J. Oiarzabal is a research scholar at the University of Deusto, Bilbao (Spain). He is the author of numerous articles as well as books on migration and identity, including Gardeners of Identity: Basques in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2010-12-01:
This may be the most extensive and comprehensive collection of essays exploring and closely documenting the use of new information and communication technologies (ICTS) by immigrant and migrant communities and individuals across the globe. Now commonly known as diasporas, these groups use ICTS to maintain contact with homelands and each other, create communities and construct or change identities, and mobilize for political activism in the homeland or in multiple receiving countries. To the roster of familiar media terms and concepts such as Web page, Internet, cyberspace, and social networking, the authors introduce new ones, such as "digital diaspora" or "cyborg diaspora," as a kind of transnational virtual community or cybercommunity that seems especially applicable to "nationalities without states," e.g., the Basques or the Uyghurs. In addition to these two groups that are, frankly, not often included in discussions of global diasporas but should be, the contributors (mostly young scholars) provide rich, dense discussions of the digital manifestations of many other diasporas: Nigerian, Eritrean, Cape Verdean, Chinese, Indian (South Asian), Brazilian, Arabic, Salvadoran, Jamaican and other Caribbean, and Galician (of Spain). Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. E. Hu-DeHart Brown University
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Review Quotes
"This is really an exciting book. The more I read it, the more enthusiastic I became. This is a genuinely original and challenging work of interdisciplinary scholarship and constitutes an important contribution to a number of fields." - Carl Mitcham, author of Thinking Through Technology: The Path Between Engineering and Philosophy
"This is really an exciting book. The more I read it, the more enthusiastic I became. This is a genuinely original and challenging work of interdisciplinary scholarship and constitutes an important contribution to a number of fields." -- Carl Mitcham, author of Thinking Through Technology: The Path Between Engineering and Philosophy
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Summaries
Main Description
Diasporas in the New Media Age is the first book-length examination of the use of information and communication technologies by emigrants and diasporas around the world. Eighteen original essays explore the personal, familial, and social impact of digital communications media on populations of European, Asian, African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Latin American emigrants, as well as the role and transformation of such concepts as identity, nation, culture, and community in the era of information technology and economic globalization. They also offer an engaging view of the immigrant experience in the contemporary world.
Main Description
The explosion of digital information and communication technologies has influenced almost every aspect of contemporary life. Diasporas in the New Media Age is the first book-length examination of the social use of these technologies by emigrants and diasporas around the world. The eighteen original essays in the book explore the personal, familial, and social impact of modern communication technology on populations of European, Asian, African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Latin American emigrants. It also looks at the role and transformation of such concepts as identity, nation, culture, and community in the era of information technology and economic globalization. The contributors, who represent a number of disciplines and national origins, also take a range of approaches-empirical, theoretical, and rhetorical-and combine case studies with thoughtful analysis. Diasporas in the New Media Age is both a discussion of the use of communication technologies by various emigrant groups and an engaging account of the immigrant experience in the contemporary world. It offers important insights into the ways that dispersed populations are using digital media to maintain ties with their families and homeland, and to create new communities that preserve their culture and reinforce their sense of identity. In addition, the book is a significant contribution to our understanding of the impact of technology on society in general.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figuresp. vii
Prefacep. ix
The Immigrant Worlds' Digital Harbors: An Introductionp. 1
Inside-Out the Screen: Diasporas at the Margins of Cyberspace
Interconnected Immigrants in the Information Societyp. 19
Migration, Information Technology, and International Policyp. 39
Digital Diaspora: Definition and Modelsp. 49
An Activist Commons for People Without Statesp. 65
Dialogues Across Cyberspace
Oprah, 419, and DNA: Warning! Identity Under Constructionp. 85
Cyber CVs: Online Conversations on Cape Verdean Diaspora Identitiesp. 110
Nationalist Networks: The Eritrean Diaspora Onlinep. 122
Keeping the Link: ICTs and Jamaican Migrationp. 136
Maintaining Transnational Identity: A Content Analysis of Web Pages Constructed by Second-Generation Caribbeansp. 151
Tidelike Diasporas in Brazil: From Slavery to Orkutp. 170
Salvadoran Diaspora: Communication and Digital Dividep. 190
3D Indian (Digital) Diasporasp. 209
The Internet and New Chinese Migrantsp. 225
The Migration of Chinese Professionals and the Development of the Chinese ICT Industryp. 242
"Cybernaut" Diaspora: Arab Diaspora in Germanyp. 265
Net Nationalism: The Digitalization of the Uyghur Diasporap. 291
Migrate Like a Galician: The Graphic Identity of the Galician Diaspora on the Internetp. 317
Basque Diaspora Digital Nationalism: Designing "Banal" Identityp. 338
Contributorsp. 351
Indexp. 357
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