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The Routledge Diaspora Studies Reader

ISBN 9781138783201
Published October 23, 2017 by Routledge
300 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.