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Diaspora, Identity and Religion
New Directions in Theory and Research

ISBN 9781138990722
Published January 20, 2016 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

Over the last decade, concepts of diaspora and locality have gained complex new meanings in political discourse as well as in social and cultural studies. Diaspora, in particular, has acquired new meanings related to notions such as global deterritorialization, transnational migration and cultural hybridity.
The authors discuss the key concepts and theory, focus on the meaning of religion both as a factor in forming diasporic social organisations, as well as shaping and maintaining diasporic identities, and the appropriation of space and place in history. It includes up to date research of the Caribbean, Irish, Armenian, African and Greek diasporas.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2.Deconstructing and Comparing Diasporas  3. Diasporic Spatiality and the Question of Identity Part 1: Identity Politics, History and Locality 4. 'Too close for comfort' - Re-membering the forgotten diaspora of Irish women in England  5. Place, Movement and Identity: Processes of Inclusion and Exclusion in a 'Caribbean' Family  6. Why Locality Matters - Diaspora Consciousness and Sedentariness in the AmericanDiaspora in Greece  7. Past and Present in the History of Modern Greek Diaspora  8. Griots, Roots and Identity in the African Diaspora  9. The Invention of History in the Irish American Diaspora: Myths of the Great Famine  Part Two: Diasporic Aspects of Religion  10. Religion or Culture? Concepts of Identity in the Alevi Diaspora  11. A Double Minority: Notes on the Emerging Yezidi Diaspora  12. A Diachronic View at Diaspora, the Significance of Religion and the Hindu Trinidadians  13. They Prayed in Brazil and it Rained in Boston: Dominican and Brazilian Transnational Religious Life 14. Let it Flow - Economy, Spirituality and Gender in the Sindhi Network

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