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Diaspora and New Media

New Challenges (and Opportunities) for Migration

Migration has been in existence for as long as people have looked for new opportunities and resources. In 'modern times', migration has become further and further under the constraint and regulations of nation states. In an era of globalisation, too, migration flows are becoming further characterised by, as Castells describes, the rise of the network society. This 'network society' has implications for how we understand 'imagined communities' (Anderson) over local, national and transnational spaces.

The emergence and proliferation of offline and online transnational connections among migrants is a feature of globalisation. Indeed, the combination of growth in migration and the proliferation of new media technologies presents increasing challenges (and opportunities?) to the authority of nation-states. As a result, political and cultural identities and actions are increasingly mediated across transnational spaces in surprising, unexpected, new ways.

Much of the academic contributions for understanding these changes have been linked to concepts of identity and territory. Reflecting on the nature of global, diasporic networks, however, it is important to explore the shifting patterns of diaspora communities in their involvement in the political and cultural conditions of their countries of origin. But how?

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