Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction - Very Short Introductions (Paperback)
  • Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction - Very Short Introductions (Paperback)
zoom

Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction - Very Short Introductions (Paperback)

(author)
£7.99
Paperback 144 Pages / Published: 25/07/2013
  • In stock online

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
Diaspora is an important concept in history, sociology, religious studies, ethnic studies, political science, and literary criticism, among other disciplines. Meanwhile, journalists, politicians, and cultural authorities use the term with increasing frequency when describing contemporary global migration. But what does diaspora mean? Until recently, the term referred principally to the dispersal and exile of the Jews. However, over the course of the twentieth century, involuntary migrants from Armenia, Africa, and Ireland came to be seen as diasporic. Since the 1980s, diaspora has proliferated to a remarkable extent-to the point where it risks losing its coherence. If diaspora is merely a synonym for "migration" or "ethnic group," why use the word at all? Kevin Kenny's Very Short Introduction to diaspora examines the origins of diaspora as a concept, its changing meanings over time, its current popularity, and its strengths and limitations as an explanatory device. Mediating between the multiple definitions currently in use, the book proposes a flexible approach to diaspora that can provide insights into the motives for migration; the networks through which migrants travel; the political, economic, and cultural connections they form among themselves, with their homelands, and with fellow diasporans in other locations around the world; the idea of return to a homeland, sometimes literally but more often metaphorically; and recent developments concerning refugees and globalization. The argument ranges broadly across time and space, using examples drawn mainly from Jewish, African, Irish, and Asian history. Diaspora emerges not as a thing that can be measured but as a concept that helps people-migrants, scholars, and social commentators alike-to make sense of the experience of migration. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780199858583
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 116 g
Dimensions: 173 x 114 x 8 mm

You may also be interested in...

The Atlas of the Real World
Added to basket
Space And Place
Added to basket
£16.99
Paperback
For Space
Added to basket
£32.99
Paperback
Space, Place and Gender
Added to basket
Americans Against the City
Added to basket
Why Geography Matters, More Than Ever
Added to basket
Cities Are Good for You
Added to basket
A Dictionary of Human Geography
Added to basket
Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction
Added to basket
Sustainability: The Basics
Added to basket
India: the road ahead
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Rebel Cities
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Making Of The British Landscape
Added to basket
A Dictionary of Geography
Added to basket
Human Geography: The Basics
Added to basket
A Guide to Countries of the World
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.