Global Diasporas: An Introduction

Paperback | May 1, 1997

byRobin Cohen

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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 a 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 essentail for students of race, ethnicity, nationalism, and comparative politics.

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What is diaspora? For the Greeks, Jews, Armenians and Africans, the word describes the dispersal of their population through colonization and assimilation. Diaspora defines a collective trauma for those banished from their cultural touchstones. Robin Cohen illuminates all the changing meanings of diaspora and the contemporary diasporic...

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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 ...

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During the early modern period, trade and labour diasporas girded the mercantilist and early capitalist worlds. Today the term has changed again, often implying a positive and ongoing relationship between migrants' homelands and their places of work and settlement. In his perceptive and arresting analysis, Robin Cohen illuminates all t...

Robin Cohen is professor of sociology at the University of Warwick.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:241 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:May 1, 1997Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PRESS

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ISBN - 10:0295976209

ISBN - 13:9780295976204

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Acknowledgments List of TablesIntroduction1) Classical notions of diaspora - transcending the Jewish tradition2) Victim diasporas - Africans and Armenians3) Labour and imperial diasporas - Indians and British4) Trade diasporas - Chinese and Lebonese5) Diasporas and their homelands - Sikhs and Zionists6) Cultural diasporas - the Caribbean case7) Diasporas in the age of globalization8) Conclusion - diasporas, their types and their futureNotesReferencesIndex

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What is diaspora? For the Greeks, Jews, Armenians and Africans, the word describes the dispersal of their population through colonization and assimilation. Diaspora defines a collective trauma for those banished from their cultural touchstones. Robin Cohen illuminates all the changing meanings of diaspora and the contemporary diasporic condition still felt very much today.

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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 a 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 essentail for students of race, ethnicity, nationalism, and comparative politics.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, University of Washington