£26.99 | $48.95

14 October 2010
ISBN: 9781842779484
336 pages
234 x 156mm

Cultural Studies, Development, Geography, International Relations, Sociology and Social Policy


Concepts, Intersections, Identities

Contributions by Jeffrey Lesser, Homi Bhabha, Peter Mandaville, Terrance Lyons, Claire Dwyer, Manuel Vasquez, Jaine Beswick, Nadje Al-Ali, Karim H Karim, Daniela Berghahn, Ian Cook, Tariq Modood, Toshio Watanbe, Paul Gilroy, Larissa Remennick, Gerd Baumann, Martin Baumann, David Richardson, Robin Cohen, Ulirke Meinhof, Sara Wills, Flemming Christiansen, Kira Kosnick, Dibyesh Anand, Sanaz Raji, Anastasia Christou, Juan Flores, Madeleine Wong, Russell King, Pnina Werbner, Susheila Nasta, James Procter, Helen Gilbert, Victoria Bernal, Avtar Brah, Khachig Tololyan, Peggy Levitt, Marie Gillespie, Philip Crang, Mark Johnson, Nicholas Van Hear, Virinder Kalra, Graham Huggan, Steven Vertovec, Vijay Agnew, and Simon Turner and edited by Kim Knott and Sean McLoughlin

Featuring essays by world-renowned scholars, Diasporas charts the various ways in which global population movements and associated social, political and cultural issues have been seen through the lens of diaspora. Wide-ranging and interdisciplinary, this collection considers critical concepts shaping the field, such as migration, ethnicity, post-colonialism and cosmopolitanism. It also examines key intersecting agendas and themes, including political economy, security, race, gender, and material and electronic culture. Original case studies of contemporary as well as classical diasporas are featured, mapping new directions in research and testing the usefulness of diaspora for analyzing the complexity of transnational lives today. Diasporas is an essential text for anyone studying, working or interested in this increasingly vital subject.


'Simultaneously panoramic and precise, this volume offers authoritative, inclusive, yet blessedly focused articles on the terms, concepts, and perspectives that collectively define the field of diaspora studies.' - Professor Khachig Tölölyan, Editor, 'Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies'

'As scholarly approaches to Diasporas develop a global profile and span a variety of disciplines, this book provides an incisive account of the state of the art. Its illuminating emphasis on the evolution of theme and concept is enriched by an attention to specific historical events and cultural conditions that makes this work an indispensable companion to global studies.'- Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University

'Bringing together an impressive array of distinguished interdisciplinary scholars with wide-ranging perspectives on the cultural and historical significance of contemporary diasporas worldwide, this book provides an essential companion to understanding the complex evolution of concepts of migration and identity and their vital impact on shaping the direction of public and academic debate today. Providing an unusual combination of theory and practice, historical context and case-studies, this book opens several new doors, exposing crucial connections previously eclipsed in this dynamic field' - Professor Susheila Nasta, Open University and Editor of Wasafiri

Table of Contents

Introduction - Kim Knott and Seán McLoughlin
Part I: Concepts and Theories
1. Exile - Martin Baumann
2. Home and memory - Femke Stock
3. Slavery and the Black Atlantic - David Richardson
4. Migration - Nicholas Van Hear
5. Transnationalism - Peggy Levitt
6. Nation, ethnicity and community - Gerd Baumann
7. Multiculturalism and citizenship - Tariq Modood
8. Postcoloniality - Graham Huggan
9. Hybridity - John Hutnyk
10. Cosmopolitanism - Steven Vertovec
11. Social identities and creolization - Robin Cohen
12. Complex diasporas - Pnina Werbner
13. Space and movement - Kim Knott
Part II: Intersections
14. Diasporas and economies - Claire Dwyer
15. Diasporas and politics - Peter Mandaville and Terrence Lyons
16. Diasporas, conflict and security - Simon Turner
17. Diasporas and development - Ben Page and Claire Mercer
18. Diasporas and cities - John Eade
19. Diasporas, race and difference - Claire Alexander
20. Diasporas and gender - Nadje Al-Ali
21. Diasporas and sexuality - Kira Kosnick
22. Diasporas and religion - Manuel Vasquez
23. Diasporas and language - Jaine Beswick
24. Diasporas and material culture - Philip Crang
25. Diasporas, literature and literary studies - Ananya Jahanara Kabir
26. Diasporas and performance - Helen Gilbert and Jacqueline Lo
27. Diasporas, film and cinema - Daniela Berghahn
28. Diasporas and media - Karim H. Karim
29. Diasporas and cyberspace - Victoria Bernal
Part III: Empirical and Metaphorical Diasporas
30. South/North relations in the Americas - Alex Stepick, Carol Dutton Stepick and Tricia Vandekooy
31. Movements between 'White' Europe and America: Greek migration to the United States - Anastasia Christou and Russell King
32. The Russian-Jewish diaspora at the beginning of the twenty-first century - Larissa Remmenick
33. The Iranian diaspora in the West - Sanaz Raji
34. How the Japanese diaspora in Brazil became the Brazilian diaspora in Japan - Jeffrey Lesser
35. Migrations within China - Flemming Christiansen
36. Beyond Tibet - Dibyesh Anand
37. Sacred journeys, diasporic lives: Sociality and the religious imagination among Filipinos in the Middle East - Mark Johnson, Claudia Liebelt, Deirdre McKay, Alicia Pingol and Pnina Werbner
38. Muslim travellers: Home, the ummah and British-Pakistanis - Seán McLoughlin
39. Diasporic dialogue among the British in Australia - Sara Wills
40. Diasporic creativity: Refugee intellectuals, exiled poets and corporate cosmopolitanism at the BBC World Service - Marie Gillespie
41. Colonial space-making and hybridizing history, or 'Are the Indians of East Africa Africans or Indians?' - Ato Quayson
42. Transnational musicians' networks across Africa and Europe - Ulrike Hanna Meinhof, Nadia Kiwan and Marie-Pierre Gibert
43. Diasporic readers and the location of reception - James Procter
44. Jews as Rooted Cosmopolitans: The End of Diaspora? - David Shneer and Caryn Aviv
Conclusion: New Directions - Seán McLoughlin and Kim Knott

About the Authors:

Kim Knott is professor of religious studies at the University of Leeds, UK, and director of Diasporas, Migration and Identities, a programme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) that has brought scholars together from all over Britain and from a wide range of disciplines. She has worked on South Asian religious diasporas, particularly British Hindus, and on migration, ethnicity and identity, with publications including Hindus in Leeds, My Sweet Lord: The Hare Krishna Movement, and Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction. In conjunction with government and voluntary sector partners she has researched issues of religious and ethnic diversity and representation. In The Location of Religion: A Spatial Analysis and later articles, she has developed a spatial methodology for researching places, bodies and organisations in which controversies occur about matters of sacred concern, whether religious, secular or postsecular.

Seán McLoughlin is senior lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. Trained in the study of religion, Islam and anthropology, he is an expert on various aspects of South Asian heritage Muslims in Britain and has worked on a number of public projects, as well as giving invited lectures across Europe and in the United States. Co-editor of European Muslims and the Secular State, most recently he was principal investigator on an AHRC Diasporas' network, From Diaspora to Multi-Locality: Writing British-Asian Cities (2006-9). A related co-edited volume, Writing the City in British-Asian Diasporas, is in preparation, as is a single-authored book, Representing Muslims: Religion, Diaspora and the Politics of Identity.