chapter  6
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The meaning of homeland for the Palestinian diaspora: Revival and transformation: Mohamed Kamel Dorai


Lost partially in 1948, and completely in 1967, the idea of a homeland continues to live in Palestinian social practices and through the construction of a diasporic territory – a symbolic substitute for the lost homeland. This chapter aims to analyse the mechanisms by which the homeland has been perpetuated in exile, and focuses in particular on Palestinian refugee camps and settlements. It shows how a refugee community can partially transform itself into a transnational community, and examines what role the transformation of home plays in this process.