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The Mexican Diaspora

A Critical Examination of Signifiers

Susana Rinderle

In this chapter, Susana Rinderle examines five different identifying signifiers used by Mexican diaspora groups and their implications for intercultural research. She used the following six defining characteristics of diasporic culture as a theoretical framework for her study: (1) a history of physical displacement; (2) cultural dislocation and hybridity; (3) a yearning for the homeland; (4) structural displacement and a complex structural relationship between nation-state and diaspora; (5) alienation from the hostland; and (6) a collective identity largely defined by the relationship between homeland and hostland. She ascertains that different Mexican diaspora groups ...

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