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.
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.
General Introduction Klaus Stierstorfer and Janet Wilson PART I ORIGINS Terms and Conceptions Introduction Diasporas in Modern Societies: Myths of Homeland and Return William Safran Diasporas James Clifford Four Phases of Diaspora Studies Robin Cohen 2). Religion and Diaspora Introduction Religion and Diaspora Steven Vertovec Conceptualizing Diaspora. The Preservation of Religious Identity in Foreign Parts, exemplified by Hindu Communities Outside India Martin Baumann PART II GEOPOLITICS 3) Nation and Diaspora Introduction DissemiNation Homi Bhabha The `Diaspora' Diaspora Rogers Brubaker The Black Atlantic as Counterculture of Modernity Paul Gilroy 4) Citizenship and the Transglobal Introduction Diasporic Citizenship: Contradictions and Possibilities for Canadian Literature Lily Cho 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 Introduction Why Engage Diasporas? Alan Gamlen Migration, Information Technology and International Policy Jennifer M. Brinkherhof International Migration as a Tool in Development Policy: A Passing Phase? Ronald Skeldon PART III IDENTITIES 6) Subjectivity Introduction The Turn to Diaspora Lily Cho Diasporic Subjectivity as an Ethical Position Dibyesh Anand Diasporic Subjectivities Colin Davis 7) Hybridity and Cultural Identity Introduction The Third Space: Interview with Jonathan Rutherford and Homi Bhabha Homi Bhabha New Hybridities, Old Concepts: The Limits of `Culture' Floya Anthias Hybridity John Hutnyk The Limits of Cultural Hybridity: On Ritual Monsters, Poetic License and Contested Postcolonial Purifications Pnina Werbner 8) Intersectionality Introduction Evaluating `Diaspora': Beyond Ethnicity? Floya Anthias Diaspora and Intersectionality Avtar Brah Impossible Desires. Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures Gayatri Gopinath Why Queer Diaspora? Meg Wesling IV CULTURAL PRODUCTION Diaspora Literature Introduction Romance, Diaspora and Black Atlantic Literature Goyal Yogita The Postcolonial Novel and Diaspora Yoon Sun Lee Diaspora and Visual Culture Introduction Diaspora Culture and the Dialogic Imagination: The Aesthetics of Black Independent Film in Britain Kobena Mercer Situating Accented Cinema Hamid Naficy Speaking in Tongues, Ang Lee, Accented Cinema, Hollywood? Song Hwee Lim V COMMUNITY Home and Belonging Introduction Imaginary Homelands Salman Rushdie Being Not-At-Home: A Conceptual Discussion Jane Mummery Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities Avtar Brah Solid Liquid and Ductile: Changing Notions of Homeland and Home in Diaspora Studies Robin Cohen Digital Diasporas Introduction 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 Victoria Bernal