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Diaspora

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Since the days of early human settlement, groups of people have moved from their homeland, sometimes seeking a better life and at other times forced by circumstances, such as violence, to flee the place they call home. The term diaspora generally refers to any group of people who have been dispersed or have migrated from their homeland. In ancient times, diaspora referred to colonization and, later, to forced exile. In the 20th century, as diasporic groups settled throughout the world and gained significant ...

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