"Considering that Global Diasporas covers a huge range of subjects, it is truly masterful. It has been put into a coherent theoretical scheme, it is backed by a lot of impressive scholarship, and it is clearly, even elegantly written". -- Daniel Chirot, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
What is a diaspora? For the Greeks, from whose language the word originated, diaspora meant the dispersal of population through colonization. For Jews, Africans, Armenians, and others, the word acquired a more sinister and brutal meaning. Diaspora meant a collective trauma, a banishment into exile, and a heart-aching longing to return home. During the early modern period, trade and labor diasporas girded the mercantilist and early capitalist worlds. Today the term has changed again, often implying positive and ongoing relationship between migrants' homelands and their places of work and settlement.
In this perceptive and arresting analysis, Robin Cohen illuminates the changing meanings of diaspora and the contemporary diasporic condition. This volume serves to introduce a major new series, Global Diasporas, which will prove essential for students of race, ethnicity, nationalism, and comparative politics.
Reading the book, I thought, 'Cohen is doing for diaspora what Weber did for religion'. . . . [This] is an ambitious attempt to theorize the displacement of people . . . and the social circumstances they create for themselves as they maintain a connection with their (real or imagined) homelands and among their co-ethnics.-- (01/01/1999)
Series: Global Diasporas
For Ages: 22+ years old
For Grades: 17+
Number Of Pages: 241
Published: 1st May 1997
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.62 x 13.89 x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1