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University of Toronto St. George
Diaspora and Transnational Studies
Ato Quayson

DTS200 Lecture 2 Guest lecture Thurs 1-3 JHB100A  Oct 23 250 word essay  How does the study of diaspora and transnationalism provide a different perspective on the world? Vocabulary  Social imaginary – how people imagine their social surroundings/existance in images, stories and legends. Ex. borders don’t actually exist on a map.  Igor Stravinsky: certain assumptions that go into making (ex. maps art etc.) things that dominates early 20 century thought.  Loud percussion moments which signify closure, glorification of some parts.  He is conducting, everyone is following him. Clear borders to all the sounds. Marks sharp distinctions between sounds. Similar to social imaginary.  Picasso: factory 1909. Cubism. Over exaggeration of units. Bright borders, with clean cut lines.  Sassure – the way language works is by distinction – by difference. A sound image gets connected with a concept and that’s how language works.  Core of anthropology – why are the tribes and nations of the world different and how have the present differences developed?  Understanding of difference. IMPORTANT FOR ESSAY  Representations in the social sciences and humanities are dependent upon images of break rupture and disjunction.  The fact that people can divide the world with such clarity is a cultural accomplishment  Major effect is that there has been established an isomorphic relationship bw nation place and culture.  If the social sciences have been driven by breakage, than the result is that there is a one to one relationship between nation and place  We assume that if we want to study Brazilians, we go to brazil.  We think certain cultures only exist in certain places and think that brazilian culture ends right at the border  Methodological nationalism – centre is working against this  Assumption that the nation state society Is the natural social and political form of the modern world.  Map has been organized by social imaginary, but is also the effect of methodological nationalism.  This has real consequences  A) what about those who inhabit the border? If we highlight the boundary in between nations we forget about those travelling over it.  B) we also miss cultural differences within a society  C) colonialism and post colonialism – people who go somewhere (can
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