1st Edition

The Routledge Diaspora Studies Reader

Edited By Klaus Stierstorfer, Janet Wilson Copyright 2018
    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Diaspora Studies Reader provides a comprehensive resource for students and scholars working in this vital interdisciplinary field. The book traces the emergence and development of diaspora studies as a field of scholarship, presenting key critical essays alongside more recent criticism that explores new directions. It also includes seminal essays that have been selected specifically for this collection, as well as one brand new paper. The volume presents:

    • introductions to each section that situate each work within its historical, disciplinary, and theoretical contexts;
    • essays grouped by key subject areas including religion, nation, citizenship, home and belonging, visual culture, and digital diasporas;
    • writings by major figures including Robin Cohen, Homi K. Bhabha, Avtar Brah, Pnina Werbner, Floya Anthias, James Clifford, Paul Gilroy, and Salman Rushdie.

    The Routledge Diaspora Studies Reader is a field-defining volume that presents an illuminating guide for established scholars and also those new to diaspora.

    General Introduction

    Klaus Stierstorfer and Janet Wilson


    1. Terms and Conceptions


    Diasporas in Modern Societies: Myths of Homeland and Return

    William Safran


    James Clifford

    Four Phases of Diaspora Studies

    Robin Cohen

    2). Religion and Diaspora


    Religion and Diaspora

    Steven Vertovec

    Conceptualizing Diaspora. The Preservation of Religious Identity in Foreign Parts, exemplified by Hindu Communities Outside India

    Martin Baumann


    3) Nation and Diaspora



    Homi Bhabha

    The ‘Diaspora’ Diaspora

    Rogers Brubaker

    The Black Atlantic as Counterculture of Modernity

    Paul Gilroy

    4) Citizenship and the Transglobal


    Diasporic Citizenship: Contradictions and Possibilities for Canadian Literature

    Lily Cho

    Citizenship and identity: Living in diaspora in post-war Europe?

    Yasemin Nuhoglu Soysal

    Introduction to Narratives of Citizenship: Indigenous Diaspora People Unsettle the Nationstate.

    Aloys N. M. Fleishman and Nancy van Styvendale

    5) (Inter)national Policy and Diaspora


    Why Engage Diasporas?

    Alan Gamlen

    Migration, Information Technology and International Policy

    Jennifer M. Brinkherhof

    International Migration as a Tool in Development Policy: A Passing Phase?

    Ronald Skeldon


    6) Subjectivity


    The Turn to Diaspora

    Lily Cho

    Diasporic Subjectivity as an Ethical Position

    Dibyesh Anand

    Diasporic Subjectivities

    Colin Davis

    7) Hybridity and Cultural Identity


    The Third Space: Interview with Jonathan Rutherford and Homi Bhabha

    Homi Bhabha

    New Hybridities, Old Concepts: The Limits of ‘Culture’

    Floya Anthias


    John Hutnyk

    The Limits of Cultural Hybridity: On Ritual Monsters, Poetic License and Contested Postcolonial Purifications

    Pnina Werbner

    8) Intersectionality


    Evaluating ‘Diaspora’: Beyond Ethnicity?

    Floya Anthias

    Diaspora and Intersectionality

    Avtar Brah

    Impossible Desires. Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures

    Gayatri Gopinath

    Why Queer Diaspora?

    Meg Wesling


    1. Diaspora Literature
    2. Introduction

      Romance, Diaspora and Black Atlantic Literature

      Goyal Yogita

      The Postcolonial Novel and Diaspora

      Yoon Sun Lee


    3. Diaspora and Visual Culture
    4. Introduction

      Diaspora Culture and the Dialogic Imagination: The Aesthetics of Black Independent Film in Britain

      Kobena Mercer

      Situating Accented Cinema

      Hamid Naficy

      Speaking in Tongues, Ang Lee, Accented Cinema, Hollywood?

      Song Hwee Lim


    5. Home and Belonging
    6. Introduction

      Imaginary Homelands

      Salman Rushdie

      Being Not-At-Home: A Conceptual Discussion

      Jane Mummery

      Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities

      Avtar Brah

      Solid Liquid and Ductile: Changing Notions of Homeland and Home in Diaspora Studies

      Robin Cohen

    7. Digital Diasporas


    The Immigrant Worlds’ Digital Harbors: An Introduction

    Andoni Alonso and Pedro J. Oiarzabal

    Internet, Place, and Public Sphere in Diaspora Communities

    Angel Adams Parham

    From Nation as Network: Diaspora, Cyberspace and Citizenship

    Victoria Bernal


    Klaus Stierstorfer is Chair of British Studies at the University of Muenster, Germany.

    Janet Wilson is Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies and Director of Research in the School of the Arts at the University of Northampton, UK.