Geopolitics of Memory and Transnational Citizenship

Thursday 6 December 2018

Volume 10 in the series 'Cultural Memories' has just been published.

Geopolitics of Memory and Transnational Citizenship provides new perspectives on transnational citizenship, memory and strategies of development. Beginning with an exploration of belonging and cultural memory, the book turns to a series of case studies in order to examine the ways in which citizens actively engage with their state of origin through narratives of remembrance. In the Haitian case, community engagement is primarily a grassroots movement in spite of the early creation of a Ministry of Haitians Abroad (MHAVE). The Jamaican case, however, differentiates itself by having a top-down structure promoted by an administration that actively seeks to engage Jamaicans abroad by way of solidarity funds. By simultaneously treating two geopolitical entities, Francophonie and the Commonwealth, Clara Rachel Eybalin Casséus's study offers a unique, comparative perspective on a complex web of family networks, spiritual bonds and entrepreneurial cross-border practices at the core of a common Caribbean culture of resilience and self-reliance. The findings on the relationship between memory, citizenship and the State challenge the existing assumption that communities abroad become increasingly assimilated into the new society, whereas, in fact, the idea of a transnational citizenship has become increasingly prevalent. This evolution is enhanced by memory, which acts as a powerful dynamic engine to deconstruct citizenship while connecting beyond borders. 

Geopolitics of Memory and Transnational Citizenship. Thinking Local Development in a Global South by Clara Rachel Eybalin Casséus (ISBN 978 1 78707 978 6) is published by Peter Lang.

Other titles in the Cultural Memories series.