Oltre la nazione. Conflitti postcoloniali e pratiche interculturali. Il caso della diaspora tamil

Giuseppe Burgio

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[automatically translated] For nationalism it seems still, perhaps more than ever, spread in a globalized world? How does the "national" identity in a context of transnational migrations? Can we still call "migration" the diasporic phenomena that are transforming our societies? How can we talk about interculturalism in the presence of international terrorism? The book deals with such issues not in general manner but focusing on a specific area: the Tamils of Sri Lanka, transnational practices (political, economic, cultural) that act (including terrorism) and the plural forms of oppression that suffer (in Sri Lanka as in diaspora communities in the West). The transformations of migratory movements compel us to revise the old theoretical model based on the couple emigration-immigration: transnational migrants today in fact act, make decisions, they feel memberships and develop identity within the networks that connect them to two or more companies simultaneously. That is, there is now a link between 'us' Westerners and, through the Tamil diaspora, Sri Lanka. The presence of the Tamil community in our city that tends to transform them and us that we inhabit. But if Sri Lanka is setting on our streets, with its commercial activities, with its temples and its processions, with its associations, also the reverse is true. There are in fact, next to those economic, social remittances that Tamils in Europe send their compatriots in Sri Lanka: ideas, social practices, identity references that flow to and from the places of origin of migrants. THE' interculturalism as a result is no longer a connection with two poles, but must become - too - three-pole, made from the country of origin, the country of destination, the diasporic communities (which tend to stand out much from the motherland as the our multicultural societies). The inter ie should be able to read the threads that connect the local to the global, linking the participation of the Hindus in the procession of Saint Rosalia in Palermo - for example - the nationalistic conflict in Sri Lanka. The collective volume, born of the interdisciplinary collaboration between Italian and Tamil scholars, explores the complex relationships between national identity and nationalism (even one called "long distance"), among diasporic subjectivity and inter-cultural dialogue, in a global context now fully post-colonial, multicultural and mestizo but also crossed by violence. Political violence linked to nationalism has reached enormous proportions in the case of the Tamils, taking shape as a genocide. He is sized to consult our democratic institutions, our immigration policies as well as intercultural. There is indeed a thin thread that binds the fields where the Sri Lankan government holds today detained Tamils and CIE where we keep up to 18 months tamil irregular migrants before expelling them. The various contributions - as they analyze in depth the case study represented by Tamil - focus in general on the complex relationship between terms that seem antithetical (identity, nationalism, differences,
Original languageItalian
Number of pages241
ISBN (Print)978-88-230-1839-6
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSessismo & Razzismo

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