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Civic engagement, mandatory citizenship, and post-Soviet Russian-speaking immigrants in Vancouver, Canada

Author: Alexia Bloch; Metropolis British Columbia.
Publisher: Vancouver, B.C. : Metropolis British Columbia, 2012
Series: Working paper series (Metropolis British Columbia), no. 12-05.
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There is a growing body of work exploring how people in diaspora envision a future grounded in a range of transnational connections, and often a sense of community, spanning a range of locations. In this literature, transnational connections are portrayed in unproblematic terms suggesting that people who are outside their countries of birth will inherently seek ties to an ethnic or religious diaspora. Here I explore  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alexia Bloch; Metropolis British Columbia.
OCLC Number: 818085696
Notes: "July 2012."
Description: 1 online resource (39 pages).
Contents: Preface --
Introduction --
Models of citizenship, multiculturalism and post-Soviet migrants --
Methods --
Background --
Arrivals: from refugees to Kolbasnaia emigratsiia --
Cultural dimensions of migration --
Contesting the hyphen --
Spaces of engagement --
"Russian" delis --
Religious organizations --
Ethnic sub-groups and connections --
Community organizations and cultural centers --
Webs of connection and memories of mandatory engagement --
Conclusion --
References --
Endnotes.
Series Title: Working paper series (Metropolis British Columbia), no. 12-05.
Other Titles: Russian-speaking immigrants in Vancouver
Responsibility: Alexia Bloch.
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Abstract:

There is a growing body of work exploring how people in diaspora envision a future grounded in a range of transnational connections, and often a sense of community, spanning a range of locations. In this literature, transnational connections are portrayed in unproblematic terms suggesting that people who are outside their countries of birth will inherently seek ties to an ethnic or religious diaspora. Here I explore how the case of a Russian-speaking diaspora in Vancouver, Canada complicates the picture of immigrants seeking links to their homeland. This research suggests that we need to pay attention to what travels in transnational movement and to how the specific receiving country may shape both relationships to transnationalism and to forms of citizenship or civic participation. While a Russian-speaking diaspora has much in common with other immigrants, here I examine some of what this group of people has to teach us about the way we understand the experience of transnationalism and its links to shifting relationships between citizens and states.

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