Conclusion: Alternative Imaginings of Diasporas — Insights from Decoloniality



In this concluding chapter the focus is on the extent to which contemporary global conditions constitute sites and opportunities for the reinvention of diaspora cultural identities such that they reflect the dynamic migration histories and multiple temporalities of groups and individuals. The preceding chapters have provided recent empirical and theoretical evidence that clearly indicates multiculturalism and superdiversity are ill-equipped to serve as robust social policy and conceptual frameworks in the context of present-day migration-driven diversity. Most importantly, the chapters have contributed, in many respects, strong and compelling empirical interventions to the field of diaspora identity studies — a field that is otherwise largely dominated by conceptual postulations not driven by systematic empirical data collection. Put together, the preceding chapters constitute a bold and timely call for us to revisit the frames of self-identification and the sensibility of belonging that have so far been inadequately captured by the traditional multiculturalism paradigm and the more recent superdiversity approach. The data on African diaspora cultures and identities have revealed the somewhat contradictory identity imaginations crystallizing around ethnicity, nationality and transnationality.


Language Practice Identity Narrative Preceding Chapter African Diaspora Migration Journey 
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© Finex Ndhlovu 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of New EnglandAustralia

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