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By Mary Chamberlain

This anthology represents very important and unique instructions within the research of Caribbean migration. It takes a comparative point of view at the Caribbean people's migratory reviews to North the United States, Europe, and in the Caribbean. utilizing a multi-disciplinary process, the booklet discusses: * the motives of migration * the reviews of migrants * the ancient, cultural and political methods * problems with gender and imperialism * the technique of migration stories, together with oral background.

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And answers as follows: Diaspora does not refer us to those scattered tribes whose identity can only be secured in relation to some sacred homeland to which they must at all costs return, even if it means pushing other people into the sea. This is the old, the Caribbean migration 22 imperializing, the hegemonizing form of ‘ethnicity’. We have seen the fate of the people of Palestine at the hands of this backward conception of diaspora (and the complicity of the West with it). The diaspora experience as I intend it here is defined not by essence or purity, but by the recognition of a necessary heterogeneity and diversity; by a conception of identity which lives with and through, not despite, difference; by hybridity.

7 The first number of a new journal, Social Identities, provided the ultimate accolade to an academic author—publishing extended reviews by three reviewers of Gilroy’s Black Atlantic. This is a useful source from which to begin an appreciation and critique of Gilroy’s work. REFERENCES Al-Rasheed, M. (1993) ‘The meaning of marriage and status in exile: the experience of Iraqi women’, Journal of Refugee Studies 6(2):89–103. Césaire, Aimé (1956) Return to my Native Land, Harmondsworth: Penguin. Cohen, Robin (1997) Global Diasporas: An Introduction, London: UCL Press.

The diaspora experience as I intend it here is defined not by essence or purity, but by the recognition of a necessary heterogeneity and diversity; by a conception of identity which lives with and through, not despite, difference; by hybridity. Diaspora identities are those which are constantly producing and reproducing themselves anew, through transformation and difference. (Hall 1990:235) In this excerpt Hall is essentially concerned with the diasporic identity that Caribbean peoples created within the geographical bounds of the Caribbean itself.

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