Defining and Re-Defining Diaspora: From Theory to Reality

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edited by Marianne David and Javier Muñoz-Basols
ISBN: 978-1-84888-064-1

This book examines diasporas in the context of globalization as they exist today and with an eye to the future. Each chapter emphasizes the specificity of diaspora to culture, place and moment, its multi-faceted and interdisciplinary nature, and the significance of how identity is negotiated within the triadic space of self, home and ‘host’ nation.

Description

Diasporas – from the Greek verb speiro (to sow) and the preposition dia (over), signifying ‘dispersion of seeds’ – seem to be integral to the human condition, existing as far back as recorded history and surely before that. Originally used to refer to Greek settlers and colonizers in the Mediterranean, and later adopted by the Hebrews to speak of their own exiled people, the term ‘diaspora’ evolved over time to denote myriads of diverse displacements, forced as well as voluntary.

This book examines diasporas in the context of globalization as they exist today and with an eye to the future. Each article represents a distinct point of view and brings a particular understanding, theoretical or practical, to bear on the diaspora narrative. Each one emphasizes the specificity of diaspora to culture, place and moment, its multi-faceted and interdisciplinary nature, and the significance of how identity is negotiated within the triadic space of self, home and ‘host’ nation. Taken together in this volume they function as a ‘conversation’ about the process of trying to define and re-define the elusive, unstable concept of diaspora with its diverse and evolving forms.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Sivaram Vemuri

Introduction
Defining and Re-Defining Diaspora: An Unstable Concept
Marianne David and Javier Muñoz-Basols

PART I Defining Diaspora: Theories and Models
Remembering Home: Displacement, Return, and Spatial Frameworks of Memory
Mattias Ekman

The Uses of Nostalgia in the ‘Imagination’ of Diaspora: The Case of the New Pontic Greek Refugees
Georgia Lagoumitzi

Diaspora as a Contentious Location for the Nation
Anne-Sophie Bentz

PART II Re-Defining Diaspora: Personal Narrative and Case Study
Location Nowhere: Alienation, Nihilism and Radicalism among British Pakistani Muslim Youth
Saeed A. Khan

The Importance of Linguistic Capital in Contextualised Identity Negotiation of ‘Repatriated’ Pontian Greeks from the Former USSR
Eleni Mariou

Citizens, Immigrants and Diasporas: Australia and Japan
Stephen Alomes

PART III Fictionalizing Diaspora: Literature as a Hybrid Discourse
The Place of Narrative: Repositioning ‘Home’ in M. G. Vassanji’s Serial Diasporas
Jonathan Rollins

The Bittersweet Taste of Exile as Muse
John C. Hawley

Eileen Chang and the Chinese Diaspora: Re-Defining Chineseness
J. B. Rollins and Paochai Chiang

PART IV Globalizing Diaspora: Reality and Metaphor
The Austrian Model of Muslim Integration and Its Limits
Cornelia Caseau

The Politics of Identity in Eastern Europe: Re-Defining the Russian Diaspora
Rachel Le Noan

The (Re)Turn of the Native: Diaspora, Transnationalism, and the Re-Inscription of ‘Home’
Krishna Sen

The Sarajevo Haggadah: A Cultural Metaphor for Diaspora Studies
Marianne David and Javier Muñoz-Basols

Notes on Contributors

Reviews

“... a valuable contribution towards understanding diaspora, nostalgia, origin and culture [...] this study may prove essential reading for diaspora studies.”
Diaspora Studies 7:1, 2014 - Ganga Nath Jha, Centre for Indo-Pacific Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Downloadable Content
You can dowload a pdf copy of the Introduction here: Download Introduction (pdf)
About the Author/Editor

Marianne David is an independent scholar living in New York City. A comparatist, her specialties include Spanish literature and art with a focus on medieval Spain.

Javier Muñoz-Basols is an Instructor in Spanish at the University of Oxford. His current research focuses on cultural studies and social anthropology.

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