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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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The Power of Community

The Power of Community

Beyond Homeland and Host Society

(p.89) 3 The Power of Community
The Lebanese Diaspora

Dalia Abdelhady

NYU Press

This chapter addresses community networks and attachments, specifically diasporic ones, and illustrates how they shape and reshape their homeland, host societies, and the larger diaspora through links and connections in a global world. Transnationalism highlights immigrants' involvement in both the homeland and host societies. Lebanese immigrants, however, share an awareness of and connections with other Lebanese immigrants around the world that differentiate a diaspora from a transnational community. Furthermore, their desire to effect social change in their different societies in turn leads them to group around issues and shared dispositions instead of traditional ethnic communities. In line with the narratives of diasporic identities and cosmopolitan conceptions of citizenship, respondents in this study demonstrate global forms of belonging that consequently understand their immigrant communities in non-territorial terms.

Keywords:   community networks, host societies, diaspora, transnationalism, transnational community, belonging, immigrant communities, diasporic identities, cosmopolitan citizenships

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