Lecture 9 – Theory and Politics
Synthesize all the lectures and the books. Get to the point of all of them – the key thing from each thing,
and pull it all together. Need to demonstrate that you have read the books, do not mean writing a huge
amount but mean the most relevant quotes and ideas from each of the books. The ideal essay will mean you
need to touch on everything, but do not need to emphasize on everything. Do not need secondary sources,
mainly your own insight.
Be more concerned about the four books. A memoir is an autobiographical book, while a novel is a
completely fictional account. Only one of these books is a novel, Funny Boy, is a novel, while the other
three are all memoirs. Funny Boy is based on things that happened in Sri Lanka but still a novel.
The experience of diaspora is different for people who move now compared to people who left
“somewhere” in Eastern Europe. There was an absolute desire to cut off the paths – there is no
family name and no country. It was possible to cut yourself like that before, but now it is harder to
get rid of the past and move on. There was no desire to keep in touch. Now when people move,
there is so many more ways of staying in touch.
The whole question of keeping in touch with people and what that means has changed radically.
Political scientists talk about the “Four T’s” for globalization:
o Telecommunications – keeping in touch by social media and by phone
o Trade – can be both in terms of goods that are being sold and also services
The moment there is a diasporic community, there is a growth of trade
For example, they would trade “nostalgic goods”
There are also trades that start in both directions. There can be a set of chains
selling Canadian goods and buying things from back home. Partly because
people sell things where they have contact
It used to be where American was