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Across Space And Time: Identity And Transnational Diasporas

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This chapter shows that in order to determine people's identities, it is much more reasonable to turn to the non-human beings characteristic of the worlds they come from than to rely on their own assertions. This approach sheds light on surprising attachments of people who otherwise appear perfectly adjusted to modern society, namely their attachment to beings, things, rituals and forces typical of bygone worlds and times and yet which unexpectedly crop up again with the strength and passion of mysticism. Illness is sometimes an individual manifestation wherein a person's identity is revealed both to the person and to his or her family and friends. Present-day sociologists and political scientists, now speak of the existence of ?transnations" or of ?long distance nationalism".

Keywords: mysticism; transnational diasporas



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