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Title Between dispersion and belonging : global approaches to diaspora in practice / edited by Amitava Chowdhury and Donald Harman Akenson
Published Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016
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Series McGill-Queen's studies in ethnic history. Series two ; ; 40
McGill-Queen's studies in ethnic history. Series two ; 40
Contents Foreword: between dispersion and belonging: at home in the diaspora / Amitava Chowdhury -- Introduction: is "diaspora" a live hand grenade? / Donald Harman Akenson -- 1 what and where is diaspora?: Definitions, analytical boundaries, and research agendas / William Safran -- 2 Diaspora: legacies, typologies, and "push-pull" / Donald Harman Akenson -- 3 The diaspora symptom: global projection of local identities / Amitava Chowdhury -- 4 Who was first and when?: the diasporic implications of indigeneity / James T. Carson -- Trade diasporas and merchant social cohesion in early trade in the Western Indian Ocean / Eivind Heldas Seland -- 6 Perhaps a silly question: was there a Swedish diaspora? / Donald Harman Akenson -- 7 An "invisible diaspora"?: English associational culture in nineteenth-century North America / Donald M. MacRaild -- 8 Ulster Presbyterians, the great famine, and the historiography of early Irish America / Rankin Sherling -- 9 Narratives of home: diaspora formations among the indian indentured labourers / Amitava Chowdhury -- Conclusion: diaspora as global history / Amitava Chowdhury
Summary "As a historical and religious term "diaspora" has existed for many years, but it only became an academic and analytical concept in the 1980s and '90s. Within its various usages, two broad directions stand out: diaspora as a dispersion of people from an original homeland, and diaspora as a claim of identity that expresses a form of belonging and also keeps alive a sense of difference. Between Dispersion and Belonging critically assesses the meaning and practice of diaspora first by engaging with the theoretical life histories of the concept, and then by examining a range of historical case studies. Essays in this volume draw from diaspora formations in the pre-modern Indian Ocean region, read diaspora against the concept of indigeneity in the Americas, reassess the claim for a Swedish diaspora, interrogate the notion of an "invisible" English diaspora in the Atlantic world, calibrate the meaning of the Irish diaspora in North America, and consider the case for a global Indian indentured-labour diaspora. Through these studies the contributors demonstrate that an inherent appeal to globality is central to modern formulations of diaspora. It is not global in the sense that diasporas span the entire globe, rather they are global precisely because they are not bound by arbitrary geopolitical units. In examining the ways in which academic and larger society discuss diaspora, Between Dispersion and Belonging--empirically and theoretically--presents a critique of modern historiography and positions that critique in the shape of global history."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed December 16, 2016)
Subject Ethnicity.
Human geography -- Historiography -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
Author Akenson, Donald H., editor
Chowdhury, Amitava, editor
ISBN 0773599142 (electronic bk.)
9780773599147 (electronic bk.)