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date: 15 April 2024


The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History
Simon PayaslianSimon Payaslian, Simon PayaslianSimon Payaslian

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Comparative History

Diasporas have emerged as a result of persecution and forced displacement in times of military conflicts, imperial policies, and—increasingly in more recent times—international trade and transport. Diasporas entail emotional and other forms of attachment to the homeland but also the ever‐present challenge of assimilation. Diasporic women hold a central place in the preservation of their native cultures, which in turn causes friction within the domestic sphere and with the host community at large. For women, diasporic existence may represent cultural burdens or an opportunity for greater freedoms from the traditional, patriarchal constraints in the homeland.... ...

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