Altering Trends of Diaspora: First and Second Generation Diasporic Writers

Author Name

Dipti Patel

Author Address

Assistant Professor of English, R. V. Patel & V. L. Shah College of Commerce, Amroli, V. N. S. G. University, Surat, Gujarat, India. Email Id: [email protected], [email protected] , Contact No. +91 9510690806


Diaspora, generation, first generation, second generation, altering trends


Before focusing on the terms ‘first generation’ and ‘second generation’, the paper endeavours to note the uneven definitions by Susan Eckstein, Fakiolas and King, Loizos, Kertzer, etc. who used to define this population group, as well as the multiple understandings of the more general term ‘generations’. The literature dealing with worldwide migration, settlement and assimilation, frequently uses variety of practicable definitions of the first and second generation by many theoreticians such as Irvin Child, Louie, Portes and Zhou, Ellis and Goodwin-White, Wilpert, Crul and Vermuelen, Modood, Andall, who have endeavoured to conceptualize and define the term ‘second generation’ in context of immigrants. The paper discusses in detail the altering trends of first and second generation diaspora in context of diasporic writers in general, as the diasporic writers of the first generation have the settings of their home country as well as the settled country in their work and their writing depicts their nostalgic feeling about their earlier life patterns, feeling of loneliness and alienation and gradual feeling of assimilation. While, the diasporic writers of the second generation willingly and expectedly adopt the land in which they are born and brought up as their own homeland. As a consequence, one can witness the altering trends in the writings of first and second generation diasporic writers.


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