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The Stranger: Ethnicity, Identity and Belonging

The place of ethnic minorities in contemporary Europe discloses dilemmas and ambiguities of modern society. In a world where the search for roots has become widespread - from national identities to identity politics - the multiple expression of exclusion has spread. A new kind of European citizen - inside yet outside, a "stranger" - is being constructed. Strangers, usually people dispersed geographically from the place of their birth, join distant places and times. Memories, dreams and the contacts of the lived life interrelate; they build the web of diaspora crossings. These are the people of diaspora. Here to stay. Near yet distant, close but far away.