Judaism, post-colonialism and diasporic education in the era of globalization

Daniel Boyarin, Ilan Gur-Ze'ev

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Diaspora is a cultural situation in which a group of people have a dual cultural alliance, dual cultural allegiance - to a cultural or cultures in the place where they are and to a culture or cultures in another place to which they are related by etiological memory, other strategies to read the past like shared values, shared religion, and so on. So Diaspora is a very precise term to describe a particular kind of culture in synchronic time. It does not necessarily have to be based on a particular history. The sense of dual cultural allegiance and dual cultural alliance - before a person, yes, there was a language and history and praxis in the place where he or she is and also an alliance with others somewhere else. That particular dual cultural situation is what can be understood as Diaspora. It produces double consciousness, it is the first of the fruits: the ability to be critical. Critical not necessarily in a formal manner like the Frankfurt School but some sense of distance or some sense of reflection that comes between a human and his or her identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-357
Number of pages12
JournalPolicy Futures in Education
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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