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Children of the "Idea of Palestine": Negotiating Identity, Belonging and Home in the Palestinian Diaspora.

Mason, Victoria (2007) Children of the "Idea of Palestine": Negotiating Identity, Belonging and Home in the Palestinian Diaspora. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 28 (3). pp. 271-285. ISSN 1469-9540

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Abstract

Some 5 million people live in the Palestinian diaspora today, with the possibility of their 'return' to their homeland ever bleaker due to the failure of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. As a result of the nature of their dispossession from their homeland and their politicised exile, understanding the complexities of their lived experiences requires us to go beyond conventional notions of "first" and "second" migrant generations. This paper argues that the experiences of diaspora Palestinians are in many ways framed not so much by what "generation" they belong to in terms of migration, but by how many generations they have been in exile. It examines shifts in negotiations of concepts of identity, belonging and home for successive generations of diaspora Palestinians. It then explores these ideas through the case study of the community of Palestinians from Kuwait who relocated to Australia as a result of the 1990-91 Gulf conflict.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Intercultural Studies
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Politics and International Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords: Belonging ; Diaspora ; Exilic Generations ; Home ; Palestinians
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 3230
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2008 13:23
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:08
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3230

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