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Routledge Handbook of Diaspora Studies

ISBN 9781138631137
Published August 8, 2018 by Routledge
364 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The word ‘diaspora’ has leapt from its previously confined use – mainly concerned with the dispersion of Jews, Greeks, Armenians and Africans away from their natal homelands – to cover the cases of many other ethnic groups, nationalities and religions. But this ‘horizontal’ scattering of the word to cover the mobility of many groups to many destinations, has been paralleled also by ‘vertical’ leaps, with the word diaspora being deployed to cover more and more phenomena and serve more and more objectives of different actors.

With sections on ‘debating the concept’, ‘complexity’, ‘home and home-making’, ‘connections’ and ‘critiques’, the Routledge Handbook of Diaspora Studies is likely to remain an authoritative reference for some time. Each contribution includes a targeted list of references for further reading. The editors have carefully blended established scholars of diaspora with younger scholars looking at how diasporas are constructed ‘from below’. The adoption of a variety of conceptual perspectives allows for generalization, contrasts and comparisons between cases.

In this exciting and authoritative collection over 40 scholars from many countries have explored the evolving use of the concept of diaspora, its possibilities as well as its limitations. This Handbook will be indispensable for students undertaking essays, debates and dissertations in the field.

Table of Contents

Diaspora studies: an introduction

Robin Cohen and Carolin Fischer


1. Diaspora before it became a concept

Stéphane Dufoix

2. Diaspora studies: past, present and promise

Khachig Tölölyan

3. Key methodological tools for diaspora studies: combining the transnational and intersectional approaches

Anna Amelina and Karolina Barglowski

4. The social construction of diasporas: conceptual development and the Rwandan case

Simon Turner

5. Diasporas as social movements?

Sharon M. Quinsaat

6. Performing diaspora

Alpha Abebe

7. Embodying belonging: diaspora’s racialization and cultural citizenship

Taku Suzuki

8. Music, dance and diaspora

Ananya Jahanara Kabir

9. Diasporic filmmaking in Europe

Daniela Berghahn

10. Writing in Diaspora

Zuzanna Olszewska


11. Making and ‘faking’ a diasporic heritage

Marc Scully

12. Translanguaging and diasporic imagination

Zhu Hua and Li Wei

13. Multi-religious diasporas: rethinking the relationship between religion and diaspora

Dominic Pasura

14. Homelessness and statelessness: possibilities and perils

Barzoo Eliassi

15. Diaspora and class, class and diaspora

Nicholas Van Hear

16. Working-class cosmopolitans and diaspora

Pnina Werbner

17. Transversal crossings and diasporic intersections

Amanda Wise

18. Intersectionalizing diaspora studies

Marie Godin

19. Bridging the mobility–sedentarism and agency–structure dichotomies in diasporic return migration

Nanor Karageozian


20. Unravelling the conceptual link between transnationalism and diaspora: the example of hometown networks

Thomas Lacroix

21. Deportees as ‘reverse diasporas’

Shahram Khosravi

22. Diasporicity: relative embeddedness in transnational and co-ethnic networks

Takeyuki (Gaku) Tsuda

23. Moral comforts of remaining in exile: snapshots from conflict-generated Indonesian diasporas

Antje Missbach

24. Islamic schooling and the second generation: a diaspora perspective

Hannah Höchner

25. Diaspora and home: interrogating embodied precarity in an era of forced displacement

Divya P. Tolia-Kelly

26. Diasporas and political obligation

Ilan Zvi Baron


27. Diaspora and religion: connecting and disconnecting

Giulia Liberatore and Leslie Fesenmyer

28. Digital diasporas

Mihaela Nedelcu

29. Diaspora politics and political remittances: a conceptual reflection

Lea Müller-Funk

30. Postcolonial states, nation-building and the (un)making of diasporas

Jen Dickenson

31. The plasticity of diasporic identities in super-diverse cities

Tamsin Barber

32. Displaced imaginations, bodies and things: materiality and subjectivity of forced migrationSandra H. Dudley

33. Disconnecting from home: contesting the salience of the diaspora

Gijsbert Oonk


34. Using pragmatism to approach 'diaspora', its meanings anf political implications

Carolin Fischer and Janine Dahinden

35. Why engage diasporas?

Alan Gamlen

36. Diaspora mobilizations for conflict: beyond amplification and reduction

Maria Koinova

37. Diasporas and development

Ben Page and Claire Mercer

38. Diasporas and the politics of memory and commemoration

Khatharya Um

39. At home in diaspora: the Babylonian Talmud as diasporist manifesto

Daniel Boyarin

40. Diasporas building peace: reflections from the experience of Middle Eastern diasporas

Bahar Baser and Mari Toivanen

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Robin Cohen is Professor Emeritus of Development Studies and Senior Research Fellow, Kellogg College, University of Oxford. He writes on globalization, development, migration, creolization, diasporas and identity. His books include: Frontiers of identity: the British and the others (1994), Global diasporas: an introduction (2008), Encountering difference: diasporic traces, creolizing spaces (2016) (with Olivia Sheringham) and Island societies (2017). He is currently writing an intellectual history of key intellectuals at eight universities where he has held academic appointments and, with Nicholas Van Hear, developing a solution to the problem of mass displacement using the notion of ‘Refugia’.

Carolin Fischer is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Her current work examines how migrant descendants experience, interpret, appropriate and modify otherness in their everyday lives. In 2015 Carolin completed a doctorate in Development Studies at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral thesis is about the lives and civic engagements of Afghans in Germany and the UK. During her time at Oxford, Carolin worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), the International Migration Institute (IMI) and the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC). Carolin’s areas of interest are identity formation, inter- and intra-group dynamics and forms of civic and political engagement in the context of migration and mobility. Her recent work has appeared in Ethnicities, The Journal of Intercultural Studies and Global Networks.