Diasporas and the City
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book starts with a description of diasporic spatio-temporalities as being intimately connected to the body and to ways in which they enact a rhythmic modulation of space and time. It explores the relationship between mapping as a practice and the representation and production of diasporic agencies. The book describes the wider diasporic condition as that of being 'without home', where the idea of home is meant in the classical sense of an originary nation-state or cultural identity. It also explores different definitions of territory, from the geo-political to the biological, through a series of examples from contemporary art and architecture. The book concludes with a suggestion of the type of space required for accommodating difference not just through regimes of inclusion but also through practices of belonging.