Diasporas, Cultures and Identities brings together a range of original research papers from Ethnic and Racial Studies that are concerned with the question of the role of diasporic ties and the social, cultural and political processes that are engendered by the changing experiences of these communities. Chapters cover a range of geopolitical and empirical contexts and serve to highlight the diverse theoretical and empirical questions that have become an integral part of the study of race and ethnicity in the contemporary environment. The study of the role of diasporas in modern societies has proceeded apace over the past two decades. Although the role of diasporic communities has been the subject of historical reflection for some time, it is only now that the concept of diaspora has become a core theme in the social sciences and humanities. We have seen an ongoing discussion about notions such as diaspora, transnationalism and cosmopolitanism and their appropriateness as conceptual frames of reference for analyzing the diverse experiences of communities that have become dispersed across the globe. This collection makes an important contribution to this body of scholarship and research.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Diasporas, Cultures and Identities Martin Bulmer and John Solomos 2. The Diaspora Project of Arab Americans: Assessing the Magnitude and Determinants of Politicized Ethnic Identity Kenneth D. Wald 3. How Diasporic Ties Emerge: Pan-American Nikkei Communities and the Japanese State Ayumi Takenaka 4. Culture, Utility or Social Systems? Explaining the Cross-National Ties of Emigrants form Borşa, Romania Christina Boswell and Oana Ciobanu 5. Are We All Transnationals Now? Network Transnationalism and Transnational Subjectivity: The differing Impacts of Globalization on the Inhabitants of a Small Swiss City Janine Dahinden 6. Does the Canonical Theory of Assimilation Explain the Roma Case? Some Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe Òscar Prieto-Flores 7. Social Capital and Voting Participation of Immigrants and Minorities in Canada Pieter Bevelander and Ravi Pendakur 8. Attitudes Towards Polish Immigrants to the Republic of Ireland: An Integrated Threat Analysis Gunnar B. Scheibner and Todd G. Morrison 9. Caribbean and South Asian Identification with British Society: The Importance of Perceived Discrimination Rahsaan Maxwell 10. Segmented Assimilation in the Netherlands? Young Migrants and Early School Leaving Willibrord De Graaf and Kaj Van Zenderen
Martin Bulmer is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey, UK. He retired in 2008, prior to which he was also Director of the ESRC Question Bank. He has edited the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies since 1993.
John Solomos is Professor of Sociology at City University London, UK. He has carried out extensive research on race, politics and social change and on theories of race and ethnicity. He is co-editor of Ethnic and Racial Studies.