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Title:Ghanaian migrants in Germany and the social construction of diaspora
Author:Nieswand, BorisISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:African Diaspora: a Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World
Volume:1
Issue:1-2
Pages:28-52
Language:English
Geographic terms:Germany
Ghana
Subjects:diasporas
migrants
Ghanaians
Link:http://hdl.handle.net/10.1163/187254608X346051
Abstract:This article explores diasporic discourses and practices among Ghanaian migrants in Germany. Instead of presuming that 'diaspora' is a stringent theoretical concept or refers to a bounded group in a sociological sense, it is argued that it provides migrants with a grammar of practice that allows for the situational and contextual construction of different types of 'diasporas'. Empirically, three social sites of construction are identified. Firstly, the Ghanaian nation-State and the reconfiguration of Ghanaian nationalism play an important role in promoting diasporic discourses. Secondly, the discourse of development and 'charity rituals' of ethnic and 'hometown' associations are of particular relevance for the proliferation of Ghanaian 'diasporas'. Thirdly, Ghanaian chieftaincies are involved in diasporic activities. The article is based on data collected in thirteen months of multi-sited ethnography conducted in Germany and Ghana between 2001 and 2003 and the analysis of video tapes, newspaper articles and web pages. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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