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Imagining "home": Diasporic landscapes of the Greek-German second generation
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-07, 17:04 authored by Anastasia Christou, Russell King
This article presents research on second-generation Greek-Germans, both those living in diaspora, and those who have 'returned' to Greece. The research is multi-sited, with fieldwork in Berlin, Athens, central and northern Greece. After defining and problematising the notions of 'second generation' and 'return' especially complex in this context, we focus on the second generation's diasporic imaginings of 'home', particularly their experiences and narrative framings of landscape, space and place. In their narratives, participants 'remember' their parents' narratives about the homeland, and narrate their own experiences of returning to the diasporic hearth. Contrasts are drawn across diverse diasporic landscape imaginings and experiences: between received diasporic memories and 'pragmatic' experiences; holiday visits and long-term return; urban, rural and other spaces; and different sites in the diaspora, such as the place of upbringing and the ancestral home.
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