Between Dispersion And Belonging: Global Approaches To Diaspora In Practice by Amitava ChowdhuryBetween Dispersion And Belonging: Global Approaches To Diaspora In Practice by Amitava Chowdhury

Between Dispersion And Belonging: Global Approaches To Diaspora In Practice

EditorAmitava Chowdhury, Donald Harman Akenson

Paperback | November 21, 2016

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As a historical and religious term "diaspora" has existed for many years, but it only became an academic and analytical concept in the 1980s and '90s. Within its various usages, two broad directions stand out: diaspora as a dispersion of people from an original homeland, and diaspora as a claim of identity that expresses a form of belonging and also keeps alive a sense of difference. Between Dispersion and Belonging critically assesses the meaning and practice of diaspora first by engaging with the theoretical life histories of the concept, and then by examining a range of historical case studies. Essays in this volume draw from diaspora formations in the pre-modern Indian Ocean region, read diaspora against the concept of indigeneity in the Americas, reassess the claim for a Swedish diaspora, interrogate the notion of an "invisible" English diaspora in the Atlantic world, calibrate the meaning of the Irish diaspora in North America, and consider the case for a global Indian indentured-labour diaspora. Through these studies the contributors demonstrate that an inherent appeal to globality is central to modern formulations of diaspora. They are not global in the sense that diasporas span the entire globe, rather they are global precisely because they are not bound by arbitrary geopolitical units. In examining the ways in which academic and larger society discuss diaspora, Between Dispersion and Belonging presents a critique of modern historiography and positions that critique in the shape of global history. Contributors include William Safran (University of Colorado Boulder), James T. Carson (Queen's University), Eivind H. Seland (University of Bergen), Don MacRaild (University of Ulster), and Rankin Sherling (Marion Military Institute: the Military College of Alabama).
Amitava Chowdhury is associate professor of history at Queen's University. Donald Harman Akenson is Douglas Professor of Canadian History at Queen's University.
Title:Between Dispersion And Belonging: Global Approaches To Diaspora In PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 21, 2016Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773547134

ISBN - 13:9780773547131

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"Chowdhury and Akenson's edited volume on diaspora provides an invaluable contribution. The text rigorously examines definitions of diaspora that will engage historians, political scientists, and anthropologists. This thought-provoking volume is mandatory