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Introduction Debating Transnationalism

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Transnationalism is now the topic of an increasing corpus of literature in the social sciences that attempts to capture its singularity, from either a synchronic or diachronic perspective. The notion of transnationalism basically relates to distinct types of activities and communities that illustrate transnational interests and allegiances. This introductory chapter of the book elaborates on the very essence of contemporary multiculturalism, using linguistic-landscape methodology for investigating the praxis of dual homeness. By means of a discourse analysis, the chapter demonstrates that the promotion of 'Muslim identity' in fact lies mainly with non-Muslim scholars and the educated Muslim middle-classes. It is with the second generation that Muslims get acquainted with identity discourses.

Keywords: multiculturalism; transnationalism



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