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Title:'Ici, personne n'est d'ici' (nobody here is from here): diaspora in Senegal
Author:Rudolf, Markus
Periodical:Mande Studies
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:internal migration
group identity
Abstract:The concept of diaspora can offer a new perspective on processes of integration and exclusion inside a nation. The concept helps to analyse internal displacement and national migration. Observations on the Diola in Senegal show how mechanisms of identification are contextually determined. Interviews in Dakar reveal that the status of internal immigrants from the Casamance can be understood better if they are regarded as a diaspora. At the same time, the Diola diaspora located in transborder regions features more integrative characteristics than are found in Dakar. The comparative analysis of diaspora facilitates an understanding of the relative importance actors attribute to different identifications. This approach helps to answer the question of whether, where, and why local or national components of individual identifications are prioritized. The case study of instances where nationbuilding fails to integrate its subjects also points to difficulties of the current 'nation State' model in general. App., bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]