This Pilgrim Nation: The Making of the Portuguese Diaspora in Postwar North America
This book tells the transnational history of Portuguese communities in Canada and the United States against the backdrop of the Cold War, the American Civil Rights movement, the Portuguese Colonial War, and Canadian multiculturalism. It considers the ethnic, racial, class, gender, linguistic, regional, and generational permutations of "Portuguese" diaspora from both a transnational and comparative perspective. Besides showing that diasporas and nations can be co-dependent, This Pilgrim Nation counters the common notion that hybrid diasporic identities are largely benign and empowering by revealing how they can perpetuate asymmetrical power relations.
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- Page Count: 424 pages
- Illustrations: 24
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.3in x 9.1in
"This Pilgrim Nation explores the social, cultural, economic, and political processes involved in the development of the Portuguese communities in the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada. With insightful description, and historiography, this excellent book will appeal to cultivated readers interested in modern history, emigration studies, transnational cultural and political history of the ‘global 1960s,’ and small communities of citizens of Portuguese descent."
António Costa Pinto, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon
"Detailed, thorough, and solid, This Pilgrim Nation offers a refined and detailed analysis of Portuguese immigrant communities in North America, and the Portuguese diaspora in the period between 1945 and roughly 1980. This was a period of profound change in Portugal and the author demonstrates how these changes shaped and were shaped by the diaspora."
Caroline B. Brettell, Department of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University
Author InformationDr. Gilberto Fernandes earned his doctoral degree in 2014 at York University, where he has since been a Post-Doctoral Visitor with the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies and the Department of History. His research on the history of Portuguese migration, ethnicity, race, and international relations in North America has been published in various refereed journals. Together with his academic work, Dr. Fernandes is an active public historian and documentary filmmaker involved in multiple initiatives in Toronto, including the Portuguese Canadian History Project, of which he is co-founder and president since 2008; and the multidimensional project “City Builders: A History of Immigrant Construction Workers in Postwar Toronto,” winner of the 2019 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation.
Table of contents
1. Portuguese Migration: Numbers, Policies, and Perceptions
2. Making Diasporic Souls: Catholic Missionaries, National Parishes, and Transregional Charity
3. Making Ethnic Civil Societies: Working-Class Organizations, Community Elites, and Political Federations
4. Making Ethnic Culture: Folk Propaganda, Popular Culture, and Language
5. Making Imperial Citizens: Lusotropicalism, Public Memory, and the Multiracial Diaspora
6. The Radicals’ Diaspora: Anti-Fascists, War Resisters, and State Surveillance
7. New Beginnings, Old Journeys: Multicultural, Generational, and Political Transitions
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