This chapter reflects on tourism's particular characteristics as a medium and how these characteristics advance diasporic political socialization not in a generic sense but in particular ways that bear on crucial questions of nationalism, transnationalism, and the politics of state–diaspora relations. Through this, it directs specific attention to both the “diasporic” and the “political” in diasporic political socialization. Critiquing theorizations of diaspora in the literatures on transnationalism, cultural studies, and Judaic studies, the chapter advances an alternative perspective that conceives of diaspora as an imagined political community in the Andersonian sense. It argues for open-ended inquiry into the myriad ways that diasporas are socially constructed through the different practices (including tourism) that are used to imagine them.
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