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Solid, Ductile And Liquid: Changing Notions Of Homeland And Home In Diaspora Studies

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The idea of a homeland is imbued with an expressive charge and a sentimental pathos that seem to be almost universal. Three main versions of home/homeland emerged, which, the author designates solid (the unquestioned need for a homeland), ductile (an intermediate, more complex, idea of homeland) and liquid (a postmodernist rendition of virtual home). The solid idea of homeland has been given additional force in recent years by the recognition of the increasing role diasporas are playing in international politics and as agents of homeland development. Even in a case of the prototypical Jewish diaspora the solid idea of homeland seems to be weakening. The first diasporic wave was generated at the beginning of the British occupation and constituted a classic trade diaspora but the second, and far more numerous, accompanied the grisly end of British rule and partition.

Keywords: ductile; Jewish diaspora; liquid homes; solid homeland



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