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Geopolitics of Memory and Transnational Citizenship

Thinking Local Development in a Global South

by Clara Rachel Eybalin Casséus (Author)
Monographs XVI, 248 Pages
Series: Cultural Memories, Volume 10

Summary

This book offers new perspectives on transnational citizenship, memory and strategies of development. Beginning with an exploration of belonging and cultural memory, the book turns to a series of case studies in order to examine the ways in which citizens actively engage with their state of origin through narratives of remembrance. In the Haitian case, community engagement is primarily a grassroots movement in spite of the early creation of a Ministry of Haitians Abroad (MHAVE). The Jamaican case, however, differentiates itself by having a top–down structure promoted by an administration that actively seeks to engage Jamaicans abroad by way of solidarity funds. By treating simultaneously two geopolitical entities, Francophonie and the Commonwealth, this study offers a unique, comparative perspective on a complex web of family networks, spiritual bonds and entrepreneurial cross-border practices at the core of a common Caribbean culture of resilience and self-reliance. The findings on the relationship between memory, citizenship and the State challenge the existing assumption that communities abroad become increasingly assimilated into the new society, whereas, in fact, the idea of a transnational citizenship has become increasingly prevalent. This evolution is enhanced by memory, which acts as a powerful dynamic engine to deconstruct citizenship while connecting beyond borders.

Table Of Content

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgements
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Introduction: A geography of extra-territorial citizenship through memory
  • Part I: From the Caribbean migration space to the French-British context: Circularity, creolization and the spatial practices of belonging
  • Chapter 1: Encountering Caribbean memory in a pattern of dependency, independency and interdependency
  • Chapter 2: Decolonial mapping of Haiti and Jamaica: Memory, labour and mobility
  • Chapter 3: Framing Jamaican ‘community’ in imperial landscapes: Citizenship, religious bonds and returns
  • Chapter 4: Beyond French Republicanism? Locating in/visible Haitian spaces
  • Part II: The making of a transnational citizenship: A new dialectic between memory and civic engagement
  • Chapter 5: Imagining associative spaces in the French-British setting
  • Chapter 6: Community engagements, solidarity funds and politics of memory
  • Chapter 7: Rearranging the past to present: The spatial dimension of development
  • Chapter 8: Narratives of remembrance and Caribbean lessons in post-earthquake Haiti
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Series index

Geopolitics of Memory and
Transnational Citizenship

Thinking Local Development in a Global South

Clara Rachel Eybalin Casséus

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PETER LANG

Oxford Bern Berlin Bruxelles New York Wien

About the author

Clara Rachel Eybalin Casséus is an independent researcher, formerly a Visiting Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London (2016–2017), and in the Faculty of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham (Autumn 2017–2018). She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Poitiers, an MPA in Strategic Public Policy (The American University of Paris) and an MA in International Affairs and Sociology (Institut Catholique de Paris). Her research lies at the intersection of diaspora and memory politics, critical migration and development studies.

About the book

This book offers new perspectives on transnational citizenship, memory and strategies of development. Beginning with an exploration of belonging and cultural memory, the book turns to a series of case studies in order to examine the ways in which citizens actively engage with their state of origin through narratives of remembrance. In the Haitian case, community engagement is primarily a grassroots movement in spite of the early creation of a Ministry of Haitians Abroad (MHAVE). The Jamaican case, however, differentiates itself by having a top–down structure promoted by an administration that actively seeks to engage Jamaicans abroad by way of solidarity funds. By treating simultaneously two geopolitical entities, Francophonie and the Commonwealth, this study offers a unique, comparative perspective on a complex web of family networks, spiritual bonds and entrepreneurial cross-border practices at the core of a common Caribbean culture of resilience and self-reliance. The findings on the relationship between memory, citizenship and the State challenge the existing assumption that communities abroad become increasingly assimilated into the new society, whereas, in fact, the idea of a transnational citizenship has become increasingly prevalent. This evolution is enhanced by memory, which acts as a powerful dynamic engine to deconstruct citizenship while connecting beyond borders.

This eBook can be cited

This edition of the eBook can be cited. To enable this we have marked the start and end of a page. In cases where a word straddles a page break, the marker is placed inside the word at exactly the same position as in the physical book. This means that occasionally a word might be bifurcated by this marker.

Details

Pages
XVI, 248
ISBN (PDF)
9781787079793
ISBN (ePUB)
9781787079809
ISBN (MOBI)
9781787079816
ISBN (Softcover)
9781787079786
Language
English
Publication date
2018 (December)
Tags
space place politics of memory
Published
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2019. XVI, 248 pp., 9 fig. col., 1 fig. b/w, 14 tables

Biographical notes

Clara Rachel Eybalin Casséus (Author)

Clara Rachel Eybalin Casséus is an independent researcher, formerly a Visiting Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London (2016–2017), and in the Faculty of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham (Autumn 2017–2018). She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Poitiers, an MPA in Strategic Public Policy (The American University of Paris) and an MA in International Affairs and Sociology (Institut Catholique de Paris). Her research lies at the intersection of diaspora and memory politics, critical migration and development studies.

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