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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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Global Predicaments and Cosmopolitan Quarrels

(p.175) 5 Conclusion
The Lebanese Diaspora

Dalia Abdelhady

NYU Press

This concluding chapter reflects on the importance of multiple attachments and identifications and examines the meaning of cosmopolitanism in the contemporary global world, stressing the utility of diaspora as a framework for understanding immigration processes that is applicable to diverse populations and adaptable to different national contexts of reception. By exploring the everyday narratives of immigrants' diasporic lives and expressions, this study contributes to the analytical discussions that constitute the current knowledge of the patterns and dynamics of contemporary immigration in a globalized world. Contemporary immigration flows are creating common patterns of integration as more nations are receiving large numbers of “new immigrants.” This analysis argues, based on its empirical and comparative methodology, for the need to move beyond assimilation and ethnic pluralism as modes of understanding contemporary immigration.

Keywords:   cosmopolitanism, global world, immigration processes, contemporary immigration, new immigrants, diasporic lives

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