'Simultaneously panoramic and precise, this volume offers authoritative, inclusive, yet blessedly focused articles on the terms, concepts, and perspectives that collectively define the field of diaspora studies.' -Professor Khachig Tololyan, Editor, 'Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies' 'As scholarly approaches to Diasporas develop a global profile and span a variety of disciplines, this book provides an incisive account of the state of the art. Its illuminating emphasis on the evolution of theme and concept is enriched by an attention to specific historical events and cultural conditions that makes this work an indispensable companion to global studies.'- Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University 'Bringing together an impressive array of distinguished interdisciplinary scholars with wide-ranging perspectives on the cultural and historical significance of contemporary diasporas worldwide, this book provides an essential companion to understanding the complex evolution of concepts of migration and identity and their vital impact on shaping the direction of public and academic debate today. Providing an unusual combination of theory and practice, historical context and case-studies, this book opens several new doors, exposing crucial connections previously eclipsed in this dynamic field' - Professor Susheila Nasta, Open University and Editor of WasafiriVom Verlag:
Despite the increasing importance of the concept of 'diaspora', including its widespread use in academic case studies and in the self-description of a number of minority communities, the subject has to date received relatively little general scholarly treatment. Featuring essays by internationally-renowned scholars from disciplines such as history, religion, political science, geography, sociology, anthropology, postcolonial literature and cultural studies, this timely collection addresses this lack by charting the various ways in which global population movements and associated social, political and cultural issues have been seen through the lens of 'diaspora'. Wide-ranging and interdisciplinary, the book contains examinations of major concepts and theories, including migration, ethnicity and postcolonialism. It also provides introductions to selected key diasporas - from the Russian-Jewish diaspora to the Iranian diaspora in the West - as well as discussions of diaspora in relation to a range of important issues and processes, and explorations of new directions in research. This is an essential text for anyone studying, working or interested in this increasingly vital subject.
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