Virtual Diasporas and Cyberspace

  • Michel S. Laguerre

Abstract

An important aspect of the digital city is the malleable virtual space that serves as its infrastructure. To map out a sociological dimension of that cyberspace, the focus of this chapter is on one of its components, virtual diasporic space.1 It is assumed here that the digital city houses lattices of cross-border virtual spatial circuits, and it is not the purpose of this chapter to enumerate or even analyze the properties of them all. By focusing on one of them—virtual diasporic space—including its global apparatus, we will begin to understand its operation and importance in the sustenance of the digital city. The digital city is a multiplex node in a transnational circuit of virtual and nonvirtual nodes, each serving as a pole for distinct social groups and formations. A virtual diaspora is a pole of an existing diaspora. Virtual diasporic space provides us a good entry point to penetrate and conceptualize the characteristics and modus operandi of a virtual diaspora.

Keywords

Migration Transportation Mold Expense Arena 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel S. Laguerre
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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