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
Klaus Stierstorfer and Janet Wilson
PART I ORIGINS
- Terms and Conceptions
Diasporas in Modern Societies: Myths of Homeland and Return
Four Phases of Diaspora Studies
2). Religion and Diaspora
Religion and Diaspora
Conceptualizing Diaspora. The Preservation of Religious Identity in Foreign Parts, exemplified by Hindu Communities Outside India
PART II GEOPOLITICS
3) Nation and Diaspora
The ‘Diaspora’ Diaspora
The Black Atlantic as Counterculture of Modernity
4) Citizenship and the Transglobal
Diasporic Citizenship: Contradictions and Possibilities for Canadian Literature
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?
Migration, Information Technology and International Policy
Jennifer M. Brinkherhof
International Migration as a Tool in Development Policy: A Passing Phase?
PART III IDENTITIES
The Turn to Diaspora
Diasporic Subjectivity as an Ethical Position
7) Hybridity and Cultural Identity
The Third Space: Interview with Jonathan Rutherford and Homi Bhabha
New Hybridities, Old Concepts: The Limits of ‘Culture’
The Limits of Cultural Hybridity: On Ritual Monsters, Poetic License and Contested Postcolonial Purifications
Evaluating ‘Diaspora’: Beyond Ethnicity?
Diaspora and Intersectionality
Impossible Desires. Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures
Why Queer Diaspora?
IV CULTURAL PRODUCTION
- Diaspora Literature
- Diaspora and Visual Culture
- Home and Belonging
- Digital Diasporas
Romance, Diaspora and Black Atlantic Literature
The Postcolonial Novel and Diaspora
Yoon Sun Lee
Diaspora Culture and the Dialogic Imagination: The Aesthetics of Black Independent Film in Britain
Situating Accented Cinema
Speaking in Tongues, Ang Lee, Accented Cinema, Hollywood?
Song Hwee Lim
Being Not-At-Home: A Conceptual Discussion
Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities
Solid Liquid and Ductile: Changing Notions of Homeland and Home in Diaspora Studies
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
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.