"Burying our dead in your city": interpreting individual constructs of belonging in the context of burial of loved ones in exile.

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dc.contributor.author Ayiera, Eva A. Maina
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-09T09:11:36Z
dc.date.available 2009-09-09T09:11:36Z
dc.date.issued 2009-09-09T09:11:36Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/7218
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT Globalization and an exponential increase in cross-border migration have led to a redefining of belonging and membership. It is argued that the question of belonging is no longer a question of residential geography and ties to location, but one that is constructed in light of a decline of the meaning of fixed place in an ever more globalized world. Globalization has facilitated a rise of alternatives to place-bound identity. Yet, when refugees face the experiences of death and burial of loved ones in exile, they seem to cling to fixed place as the base for asserting their identity and where they belong while in exile. Although where one is buried is important in many African communities, burying loved ones on foreign land does not generate rather a new sense of connection to the foreign land. Instead, refugees repudiate ties to this soil and consciously invoke references to their homeland and geographical locations in describing where they belong. This paper presents a discussion of the concepts of belonging and place in the context of compelling experiences of death and burial in exile for refugees in a globalized world. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title "Burying our dead in your city": interpreting individual constructs of belonging in the context of burial of loved ones in exile. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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