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What is Diaspora community

Handbook of Research on Discourse Behavior and Digital Communication: Language Structures and Social Interaction
Any community of people from the same country or region living in another country (or countries). They are considered a community if they consciously collaborate on basis of their belonging to the same country or region of origin. Collaboration could be through meetings and social events that are or are not linked to life in the country of origin.
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Constructing a Diaspora Anglophone Cameroonian Identity Online
Eric A. Anchimbe (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-773-2.ch008
The chapter illustrates how Cameroonians living in the diaspora discursively construct their identity as anglophones, i.e., as coming from the anglophone part of the country (the North West and South West Regions) in online interactions. In order to do so, they draw from several sources: the colonial history and heritage of the country, the geographical origins of the anglophones, and the linguistic factor: the use of English. Emphasising certain traits that make them different and superior, the anglophones create an in-group almost on par with ethnicity. This in-group is recreated discursively in the data used here. The data were collected from the interactive feature of The Post Newspaper, online version. The chapter concludes that virtual identity construction follows similar strategies as real identities in non-virtual communities albeit differences imposed by the medium.
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