Piero Vereni

How we remain. Religious diasporas and strategies of cultural persistence

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Keywords: Deterritorialized belonging, Religious diasporas, Cultural change, Cultural persistence.

The term «diaspora» is commonly used by groups to define themselves and their strategies of cultural survival in a deterritorialized or uprooted notion of belonging. From a scholarly perspective, the identifying function of the term has devolved into a puzzling and often contested analytical tool for describing the same process. In this article I present religious diasporas as identity patterns that allow a less traumatic processing of the parallel mutation in time and space of one’s community of belonging. In the final part, I suggest a tentative typology of the main cultural and social functions and trends of current diasporas.

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