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date: 15 February 2019

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While diaspora cultures, identities, and language practices have been theorized widely, there still remain several issues that require another look from different conceptual angles. A major problem with current theoretical frameworks is their tendency to privilege and impose a Western worldview of linguistic, immigrant, and diaspora identities, often masked behind discourses of multiculturalism, multilingualism, universalism, modernity, globalization, and other similar high-sounding terminologies. The dominance of these discourses has meant that the promises held by other ways of knowing, reading, and interpreting the world of immigrant and diaspora communities have been consigned to the fringes of mainstream conversations on the past and present understandings of the world and humanity in general. This chapter draws attention to alternative epistemologies and contributes new conceptual ideas that seek to transcend traditional theoretical frameworks that underpin most approaches to language, diasporas, and immigrants.

Keywords: diaspora, immigrant, globalization, multiculturalism, multilingualism, monolingual mindset

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