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The Impact of Diasporas
Markers of identity

ISBN 9781138240100
Published January 9, 2017 by Routledge
206 Pages

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Book Description

Markers of identity define human groups: who belongs and who is excluded. These markers are often overt – language, material culture, patterns of behaviour – and are carefully nurtured between generations; other times they can be invisible, intangible, or unconscious. Such markers of identity also travel, and can be curated, distilled, or reworked in new lands and in new cultural environments. It has always been thus: markers of identity are often central to the ties that bind dispersed, diasporic communities across lands and through time. This book brings together research that discusses a very wide range of scholarly approaches, periods, and places – from the Viking diaspora in the north Atlantic, and Anglo-Saxon treasure hoards, to what DNA can and cannot reveal about human identity, to modern, multicultural Martinique, East London, and urban Africa, and the effect of the absence of geopolitical identity, of statelessness, among the Roma and Palestinians – to better understand how markers of identity contribute to the impact of diasporas. This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction – The impact of diasporas: markers of identity  1. In the blood: the myth and reality of genetic markers of identity  2. Becoming a Viking: DNA testing, genetic ancestry and placeholder identity  3. Ancient objects with modern meanings: museums, volunteers, and the Anglo-Saxon ‘Staffordshire Hoard’ as a marker of twenty-first century regional identity  4. One of us? Negotiating multiple legal identities across the Viking diaspora  5. Shifting markers of identity in East London’s diasporic religious spaces  6. Markers of identity in Martinique: being French, black, Creole  7. Everyday statelessness in Italy: status, rights, and camps  8. Tracing diasporic identifications in Africa’s urban landscapes: evidence from Lusaka and Kampala  9. On the threshold of statelessness: Palestinian narratives of loss and erasure

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Joanna Story is Professor of Early Medieval History at the University of Leicester, UK.

Iain Walker is an Associate Member of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany.