Imagining home: diasporic landscapes of the Greek-German second generation

Christou, Anastasia ORCID logoORCID: and King, Russell (2010) Imagining home: diasporic landscapes of the Greek-German second generation. Geoforum, 41 (4) . pp. 638-646. ISSN 0016-7185 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2010.03.001)


This article presents research on second-generation Greek-Germans, both those living in diaspora, and those who have ‘returned’ to Greece. The research is multi-sited, with fieldwork in Berlin, Athens, central and northern Greece. After defining and problematising the notions of ‘second generation’ and ‘return’ – especially complex in this context – we focus on the second generation’s diasporic imaginings of ‘home’, particularly their experiences and narrative framings of landscape, space and place. In their narratives, participants ‘remember’ their parents’ narratives about the homeland, and narrate their own experiences of returning to the diasporic hearth. Contrasts are drawn across diverse diasporic landscape imaginings and experiences: between received diasporic memories and ‘pragmatic’ experiences; holiday visits and long-term return; urban, rural and other spaces; and different sites in the diaspora, such as the place of upbringing and the ancestral home.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Diaspora; Landscape; Greek migration; Home; Belonging; Identity
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 11332
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Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 14:53
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