Separation and national identity : a narrative account of Chilean exiles living in Saskatchewan
Munoz, Raul Marcelo
The study is a narrative account of Chilean men who came to Canada after the September 11th, 1973 overthrow of government. In-depth interviews are used to reflect the life stories of 12 political exiles living in Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan. This study expands the theme of belonging by analyzing how exiles negotiate identity to their country 25 years after their imposed departure. The accounts reveal how different groups of exiles draw on a view of their past as to reinforce links to the homeland. The question of identity is examined through the changing nature of exile political discourse and how that discourse provides meaning and shape to the host and home country. The study therefore asks how Chilean men in Canada remember their country, make sense of their political experiences, and give meaning to the question of belonging in the light of changing circumstances in their lives.
DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
SupervisorLi, Peter S.
Copyright DateAugust 2006