»Germans like to quarrel«: conflict and belonging in German diasporic communities around 1900

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Discourses of inclusion and exclusion were an integral part of German nation building after 1871. The paper shows that they were not confined to the metropole but were, in fact, reciprocated abroad. Selected instances of conflict within German migrant communities around the world are taken as a springboard to analyze public contestations of (trans-)national belonging. The sources abound with gossip, aggressive bickering, and official complaints to authorities. Contentious issues cover the areas of politics, religion, class, and language. The case studies engage critically with a number of wider issues. First, they question contemporaneous interpretations of an Imperial diaspora as a unified and Heimat-oriented block. Second, on a theoretical level the article argues that internal ruptures are constitutive elements of diaspora construction and should be considered in concomitant theorizations. Third, the case studies highlight the close connection between diaspora and nation building. Fourth, the discourses studied did not only take place within communities, but also between them, as well as with the metropole, all in multi-directional ways. Questions of belonging were discussed around the world with strikingly similar arguments and terminology. Globalization was at work at the discourse level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-61
Number of pages25
JournalInterDisciplines
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2017

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Diaspora
Quarrel
Discourse
Nation-building
Language
Rupture
Authority
Gossip
Migrants
Inclusion
National Belonging
Complaints
Contestation
Religion
Exclusion
Globalization

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Keywords

  • migration
  • diaspora
  • conflict
  • Germany

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