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The movements were largely prompted by the war of liberation, labour recruitment to the South African gold mines, the Matebeleland massacre, the post-independence brain drain, and economic and political crises. The scattering of the population saw a multiplicity of routes taken, various destination countries reached and variation in terms of degrees of political belonging and the different ethnicities and genders involved. Hence, as this book argues, diaspora formation is a result of multiple factors.
6) argues that ‘it becomes less important to discuss how well this particular new diaspora fits academic definitions than to explore how the term has been given political and cultural salience, by whom and what the implications might be’. However, instead of suppressing discussion by simply pronouncing them ‘a diaspora’, it is important to examine whether or not they constitute a diaspora. The findings of this research suggest that Zimbabweans abroad are a fractured transnational diaspora. The paragraphs below draw from my earlier theoretical discussion and findings of this research to elaborate some of the key features of the transnational diaspora.
Similarly, Tölölyan (1991, p. 5) regards diasporas as ‘the exemplary communities of the transnational moment’. As Faist (1999, p. 46) puts it, diasporas are a distinct form of transnational communities in that ‘there is a vision and remembrance of a lost or an imagined homeland still to be established, often accompanied by a refusal of the receiving society to fully recognize the cultural distinctiveness of community members who are dispersed to many diverse regions of the world’. Moreover, Levitt (2001, p.