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An Archaeology of Asian Transnationalism$
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Douglas E. Ross

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044583

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044583.001.0001

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Diaspora and Transnationalism

Diaspora and Transnationalism

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An Archaeology of Asian Transnationalism

Douglas E. Ross

University Press of Florida

This chapter is an in-depth examination of the concepts of transnationalism and diaspora, how they relate to one another, how archaeologists and scholars of Asian America have adapted them to their research, and how they can be mobilized to develop a model for understanding and comparing aspects of migrant life through material culture. It is accompanied by a discussion of the nature of social identity, how it is constructed and maintained, and the role of material consumption in this process. Particular attention is paid to the process of dispersal and to ongoing relationships between home and host societies. The goal is to develop an interpretive framework for the archaeological study of Asian migrants and other displaced peoples that facilitates inter-ethnic comparison and offers a complement and contrast to nation-based models.

Keywords:   diaspora, transnationalism, identity, material consumption

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