The Meaning of Diasporic Homes and Identities
This book develops alternative ways of using Anderson’s concept of imagined communities, which can be considered as one of the fundamental categories and as a classic example of the constructivist standpoint. By applying the concept to the Russian migrant community through using the qualitative ‘micro’ approach, I try to ascertain how an imagined community is defined through personal perspective, by its ordinary members. This enables me to move from an objective approach based on generalisations about a large group of people to a subjective one based on the accounts of ordinary people. Furthermore, by drawing on the postmodern understanding of cultural identity as diasporic and/or transnational (Glick-Schiller et al. 1995; Appadurai 1996) and integrating ideas of Brubaker (1996) into the concept, I shift from conceptualising identity in national terms (as a nation) to the definition of identity as a practice realised by individuals rather than by a localised community or structure. In the following section I will present the key ideas from the outlined theories and how they have been developed in relation to the study of Russian communities in the UK.
KeywordsNational Identity Material Object Ordinary People Material Possession Russian Culture
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