Problems of Language in East German Society and Culture
Edited by Graham Jackman and Ian F. Roe
Edited by Robert D. Hermanson and Clare Mumford
Toward Revised Histories
Edited by Diana Brydon, Peter Forsgren and Gonlüg Fur
Edited by Jorge Sacido-Romero and Sylvia Mieszkowski
Contributors: Fred Botting, Natalja Chestopalova, Mladen Dolar, Matt Foley, Alex Hope, Phillip Mahoney, Sylvia Mieszkowski, Jorge Sacido-Romero, Marcin Stawiarski, Garrett Stewart, Peter Weise, and Bruce Wyse.
Edited by Serena Petrella
Edited by Oliver Bray and Peter Bray
Ewald Ammende, Europe’s National Minorities and the Campaign for Cultural Autonomy 1920-1936
The theoretical and conceptual uncertainties that surround the definition and indeed existence of “community” are belied by its usage in everyday language and in concrete experiences of “our” communities. Amongst diasporic Pakistani Muslim networks in Britain and Germany the “community” plays a significant role in developing and sustaining, and is itself sustained by, feelings of belonging, security and identity. For the most part these communities are experienced in symbolic terms (Cohen, 1985) and echo many of the principles that underpin Etzioni’s (1998, 1997, 1995) understanding of “communitarian communities.” With specific reference to the communitarian ideal of the moral voice and the Durkheimian (2002, 1995) dichotomy of sacred and profane this chapter utilises qualitative data generated in Britain and Germany to explore perpetuation and change in the boundaries of diasporic Pakistani Muslim communities through symbolic competition.