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Migration and Diaspora Studies (SOAS) 2006-07

Week 7 - COMPLETED!!! Preparing for "Travelling Citizenship" Presentation |

So I am officially done with week 7. Last week for reading week I went to NY which was a lot of fun.

Now I am preparing for a presentation next week in my African and Asian Diasporas class. The topic is "Travelling citizenship? Migrants, margins and cities in global age".

I have learned a great deal this term. Mostly how to think about society and globalization differently. How to spot the ways in which "colonization", slavery and oppression have affected the world and where these effects show up in present day.

The book I just read was talking about Globalization and Citizenship. Citizenship is being affected by globalization in two ways: 1. Migrants are now faced with more restrictions and there are greater barriers to becoming a citizen in a new country. 2. There is an overall decline or deterioration in the meaning of citizenship as the borders that define countries, or nation-states, are so porous with the advancements in technology through communication methods, consumerism, etc.

So what does it really mean to be a citizen these days?

There's debate on whether your culture defines your citizenship, your residence, or your birthright. It seems as though minorities choose to define their citizenship based on their culture whereas the majority on residence and/or birthright.

This is challenging topic for me as I claim all of the above. And I guess this is what stirs up the issue of Identity in all of us.

Locations Visited: London

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