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By Nadje Al-Ali, Khalid Koser

This e-book significantly evaluates the transnational groups method of modern overseas migration. It does so via a selected specialise in the connection among 'transnational groups' and 'home'. The which means of 'home' for foreign migrants is altering and evolving, as new globally-oriented identities are built. those matters are explored via a couple of imperative issues: the that means of 'home' to transnational peoples, the consequences of remodeling those social areas and the way those were remodeled.

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As we have seen in the emigrants’ travels to the monastery, home can be both where one comes from and where one travels to; it can also be a tension between the two. As such the contours of home are a matter of different orientations affecting each other: a state of imagination and identification, a state of being and experience, a state of agency or the lack thereof. I tried to show that home, thus understood, is mediated in interpersonal relationships and I focused on intergenerational relationships as they revealed the contestations over home.

The bulk of empirical studies of transnationalism, on the contrary, focus on population shifts from poor countries to the ‘Eurocenter’ (Lavie and Swedenberg, 1996). Addressing the neglect of such a significant phenomenon, marginal as it is to the power shifts wrought by the global movement of capital, reveals a useful critique of our received theoretical approaches to minority populations. Central to this critique is the concept of border cultures, the space–time interactions in the context of late capitalism characterized as bricolage, hybridity, creolization and other metaphors of intermingling where the product is seen as resisting the dominant cultural discourse.

It seemed that in the daily interactions between visitors and dwellers, the identity of home could also provide a possible source of tension. Syrian Christians in Turkey and Germany 25 Movements to the monastery like the pilgrimages, the sending of sons, the visits and monetary donations were all about relating to home as origin, as a source of the ‘authentic’ pre-diasporic self. They were also about making home travel, because blessings, teachings or healings were expected to be acquired and carried away.

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