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The Lebanese DiasporaThe Arab Immigrant Experience in Montreal, New York, and Paris$
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Dalia Abdelhady

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814707333

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814707333.001.0001

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Narratives of Identification

Narratives of Identification

Between Ethnicity and Cosmopolitanism

(p.41) 2 Narratives of Identification
The Lebanese Diaspora

Dalia Abdelhady

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the narratives of immigrant identity obtained from the respondents. These narratives varied by country of immigration, but the majority narrated their identities in diasporic ways. It explores the importance of diasporic identity for understanding current immigration patterns and rethinking current models of incorporation. Emphasizing the ambivalence that Lebanese immigrants share toward their understanding of their ethnic identities, the chapter illustrates the ways that they negotiate the meanings of being Lebanese in different settings and define context-specific ethnicities. The majority of their narratives express diasporic identification that ponders issues of belonging and difference in two or more societies, multiple identities, fragmentation, and global positions. In addition to diasporic identities, Lebanese immigrants identify themselves as cosmopolitan citizens who feel that their experiences are integral to the creation of world communities of which they are a part.

Keywords:   immigrant identity, immigrant narratives, diasporic identity, immigration patterns, ethnicity, world communities, cosmopolitan citizenship

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