National Identity in Transience: Significance and Cultural Practices



In this chapter Gomes points out how transient migrants’ national identities and the ability to express these function as strategies for living in transience. These strategies, Gomes notes, allow them to not only remind themselves of and keep connected indirectly to the home nation but also to navigate everyday life overseas such as through their friendships with co-nationals in transience in the host nations. At the same time, the practice of national identity becomes representative of the tensions transient migrants face in their home nation which they bring with them while in transience.


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