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Carole Boyce Davies & Monica Jardine

In: The SAGE Handbook of Identities

Chapter 23: Migrations, Diasporas, Nations: The Re-Making of Caribbean Identities

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Migrations, Diasporas, Nations: The Re-Making of Caribbean Identities
Migrations, diasporas, nations: The re-making of caribbean identities

The Caribbean is already the diaspora of Africa, Europe, China, Asia, India and this diaspora diasporized itself here. (Stuart Hall, 1992).

[… After the Door of No Return, a map was only a set of impossibilities, a set of changing locations […] A map, then, is only a life of conversations about a forgotten list of irretrievable selves. (Dionne Brand, 2001)

To think of diaspora and identity as these categories pertain to Caribbean people is to engage simultaneously issues of migration and nation from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Writing about Caribbean identity means engaging with a series of movements (and) coming to terms with the extent to which the relatively new Caribbean nation ...

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