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Global diasporas : an introduction

Author: Robin Cohen
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, 1997.
Series: Global diasporas.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Cohen
ISBN: 0295976195 9780295976198 0295976209 9780295976204
OCLC Number: 36112111
Description: 228 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Classical notions of diaspora: transcending the Jewish tradition --
Victim diasporas: Africans and Armenians --
Labour and imperial diasporas: Indians and British --
Trade diasporas: Chinese and Lebanese --
Diasporas and their homelands: Sikhs and Zionists --
Cultural diasporas: the Caribbean case --
Diasporas in the age of globalization --
Conclusion: diasporas, their types and their future.
Series Title: Global diasporas.
Responsibility: Robin 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 essential for students of race, ethnicity, nationalism, and comparative politics. -- Publisher description.

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