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The Jewish diaspora and Israel: belonging at distance?

Abstract : The involvement of diasporas in the advent of modern nationalism is not a new phenomenon: already in the 19th century some diasporas wanted to ‘normalise’ their national existence by building a state of their own. However, with the growing globalisation trend in the 199'0s , especially in the areas of transportation and communication, Benedict Anderson put forward the idea of long-distance nationalism (LDN), as a new way of linking diasporas and the national project and thus creating a more intense sense of belonging. LDN has been characterised by him as having two main features: its unaccountability which allows for intense political radicalism, and its instrumental function for strengthening ethnic identity in the diaspora and thus a sense of belonging. I will test those hypotheses in the case of the archetypal Jewish diaspora.
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Alain Dieckhoff. The Jewish diaspora and Israel: belonging at distance?. Nations and Nationalism, 2017, 23 (2), pp.271 - 288. ⟨10.1111/nana.12295⟩. ⟨hal-03414334⟩



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