Diasporas and the Internet

The advent of the information technology (IT) revolution in the second half of the 20th century influenced how diasporic cultures communicate and integrate. As a result, it is important to pay attention to the role of IT in the study of diasporas and likewise to the role of immigrant communities in the differential cultural use of the Internet. The digital influence of the Internet on diasporas takes many forms. First, it expands opportunities for diaspora-homeland transnational communications, as well as diasporic connections to the network society and the multisite nation. The advent of IT has also resulted in the rise of cross-border diasporic public spheres. By extension, the use of the Internet to influence the course of homeland political discourses and practices has risen and ...

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