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Contemporary Diasporas, Nationalism, And Transnationalism Politics

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In the context of globalisation, the diaspora model has become a political reference which goes beyond frontiers and enables claims of legitimacy to be made in international public opinion. While nationalisms were increasing, nations sought to establish politically independent societies, i.e. nation-states. The people of the diaspora were at one time represented as poor creatures, homeless, helpless and hopeless, and at other times as wealthy individuals acting against the poor. National ideology, national culture and national hopes do indeed go on, coexisting with increasing transnational realities. In spite of the growth of transnational movements, the nation and the nation-state are still realities in the modern world. Supporters of transnationalism believe that postnational identities are better protected by international laws founded on individual rights than by nation-states.

Keywords: contemporary diaspora; transnationalism politics



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