Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Diasporic Macedonians: Transnational Communities and National Identity Development in Los Angeles County
by DeCorse, Christina J., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 106; 13903874
Abstract (Summary)

Geographers are increasingly interested in exploring US transnational populations of European origin and effect of relocation on their sense of original national identity. The literature has a tendency to ignore small diasporic communities, especially with regard to effects of transnationalism. This identified gap will be addressed by examining the Macedonian diaspora in Los Angeles County, an underexplored case despite media attention regarding the ongoing debate over Macedonia’s national identity and its most recent name change. Specifically, this thesis explores how national identity reproduction in the relatively small Macedonian diaspora in LA is affected across both local and transnational spaces as it experiences the side effects of globalization. The methods used range from participant observation in events centered around local Macedonian church to unstructured interviews with members of the Macedonian community, in addition to analysis of secondary data. The evidence collected and discussed in the findings, shows how ongoing interactions in the social space created by the local and transnational Macedonian community reproduce their sense of national identity. Macedonians’ sense of national identity as Macedonians is influenced by simultaneous practicing of tradition and ongoing communication with the home country, made possible by globalization. The data produced and discussed in the findings documents ongoing interactions in the social space created by the local and transnational Macedonian community and fills a void in current geography literature. The contributing factors of family, tradition, and community as concepts of diaspora and transnationalism significantly influence the dispersed groups of Macedonians. Providing an intimate look at a less frequently studied transnational community, this thesis hopefully reveals new opportunities in studying transnational diasporic identities production and reproduction.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hytrek, Gary
Commitee: Fouratt, Caitlin, Sidorov, Dmitrii
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/4(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography, Ethnic studies
Keywords: Diaspora, Ethnic, Identity, Macedonia, Nationality, Transnational, Los Angeles County
Publication Number: 13903874
ISBN: 9781687913593
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