Article published in:Storytelling in the Digital World
Edited by Anna De Fina and Sabina Perrino
[Benjamins Current Topics 104] 2019
► pp. 79–103
“We are going to our Portuguese homeland!”
French Luso-descendants’ diasporic Facebook conarrations of vacation return trips to Portugal
This article combines the study of online narratives as social practices and the linguistic anthropological study of imagined communities, to examine a set of non-canonical narrative practices in a Facebook group for the Portuguese diaspora in France. Instead of reports of individual members’ past experiences, these narratives function as invitations to other group members to co-tell typical, shared experiences. Specifically, we investigate how group members share vacation trips to Portugal with each other in ways that produce a sense of collective and simultaneous experience. They accomplish this through deictically-based narrative strategies that shift the social, spatial, and temporal perspectives of narrating and narrated frames in ways that link the following: individual I’s with collective we’s, one-time events with timeless event types, and co-presence online with co-presence on vacation. Through these strategies, participants connect Facebook narrations of vacations to the larger social project of diasporic longing for and return to Portugal.
Keywords: narrative, Facebook, heritage tourism, diaspora, Portuguese descent, France, roots tourism, imagined community, nationalism, deictics
- Interactional approaches to narrative as social practice
- Narrating nationalism
- Narrating the ethnonational we’s on Facebook
- The Portuguese diaspora in France, offline and online
- Diasporic Facebook group: Tu sais que tu viens du Portugal Quand/ You know you come from Portugal when
- Posting about vacation trips to Portugal
- Creating collectivities and simultaneities
- Anticipating departure
- Narrating shared Return to France
Published online: 18 June 2019
Basch, L., Glick-Schiller, N., & Szanton-Blanc, C.
Charbit, Y., Hily, M. A., & Poinard, M.
De Fina, A.
De Fina, A., & Georgakapoulou, A.
De Villanova, R.
Dos Santos, I.
Fono, D., & Raynes-Goldie, K.
Goodwin, M. H.
Heyd, T., & Honkanen, M.
Koven, M., & Simões Marques, I.
Lempert, M., & Perrino, S.
Muhlhauser, P., & Harre, R.
Myers, G. & Lampropoulou, S.
Pavlidou, T. S.
Stirling, L., & Manderson, L.
Van De Mieroop, D.
Wagner, L. B.
Whitt, R. J.
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