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Global Goans. Migration Movements and Identity in a Historical Perspective

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Reflecting on the often diffuse use of the concepts transnationalism and translocality this paper argues that the terms need to be historicised. The case study of migration movements of Goans across the Indian Ocean and beyond it illustrates the argument that the temporal layers of translocal, transnational and global phenomena cannot be conceptualised without taking into account the characteristics of the different locations concerned. In a further step, it is argued that specific space time relations are correlated with specific forms of social interaction. The identity of Goans was constituted within the translocal, transnational, and global temporal layers in the context of their twice migration. Social institutions such as the church, the club, and schools played an important role in this process. Arguably, the connection between migration movements and identity formation can be applied to other migratory groups who shared a similar history. L'utilisation souvent diffuse des concepts de transnationalisme et de translocalité, souligne d'abord le besoin de replacer ces termes dans leur contexte historique. L'étude de cas des mouvements migratoires des Goanais dans l'océan Indien et au-delà, illustre l'argument selon lequel les strates temporelles des phénomènes translocaux, transnationaux et mondiaux ne peuvent être conceptualisées sans prendre en considération les caractéristiques des différents lieux concernés. L'article développe ensuite l'idée d'une corrélation entre les relations spatiotemporelles et des formes spécifiques d'interaction sociale. L'identité des Goanais s'est constituée à l'intérieur de couches temporelles translocales, transnationales et mondiales dans le contexte de leur double migration. Des institutions sociales telles que l'église, le club et l'école ont joué un rôle important dans ce processus. On peut suggérer qu'il serait possible d'appliquer le lien entre les mouvements migratoires et la formation de l'identité à d'autres groupes migrants ayant connu une histoire semblable. Ao reflectir sobre a utilização frequentemente difusa dos conceitos de transnacionalismo e translocalidade, este artigo defende a ideia de que estes termos necessitam de ser inseridos num contexto histórico. O estudo de casos dos movimentos migratórios dos Goeses pelo Oceano Índico e mais além, ilustra o argumento de que as camadas temporais dos fenómenos translocais, transnacionais e globais não podem ser conceptualizados sem ter em conta as características dos diferentes lugares relacionados. Uma etapa seguinte defende a ideia de correlação entre as relações espácio-temporais e formas específicas de interacção social. A identidade dos Goeses constituiu-se no interior de camadas temporais translocais, transnacionais e mundiais no contexto da sua dupla migração. As instituições sociais como a igreja, o clube e as escolas desempenharam um papel importante neste processo. É possível aplicar uma relação entre os movimentos migratórios e a formação da identidade a outros grupos migratórios que viveram uma história semelhante.

Affiliations: 1: University of Oxford, St Cross College


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