Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Number of pages: 540
Weight: 904 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 50 mm
``The concept of Diaspora has received considerable attention in the Humanities over the last 20 years or so, to the extent that at times it can appear too global a term to be of any actual intellectual use (Brubaker 2005). But maybe there is good reason for its wide application to a host of different social setups, geographical locations, and historical time periods, and this book may be testament to the validity of this in the context of German communities across the world. Presenting papers delivered at a conference in 2006 in Waterloo, Canada, the volume contains 39 chapters organized in three broad sections, 'Identity', 'Migration' and 'Loss' and providing a rich overview of how people are affected by the process of migration, either personally or historically. It is therefore no surprise that this book contains much more than 'straighforward' sociolinguistic perspectives but also includes studies more at home in Film and Literary Studies, Anthropology and Social History.... It is a significant strength of this book that it does not appear to exclude anyh particular time period, location, or group of migrants from its coverage, and the reader gets a comprehensive...impression of the diversity of German diasporas.... [T]his book succeeds in demonstrating what an interdisciplinary approach to a topic can mean and readers will get a genuine impression of how wide-ranging sociological topics such as diaspora are. In the vast majority of papers, quotations and examples have been translated into English so that this book, which has been meticulously edited and presented, will be accessible to readers without any knowledge of German. Whilst some indiviudal chapters my be too brief to be truly insightful, they nonetheless serve as an excellent starting point for further study and, thus, on the whole this book can be recommended as a comprehensive introduction to German Diasporic Experiences.'' -- Nils Langer -- Journal of Sociolinguistics, Vol. 15, #3, June 2011, 201107
``Thirty-nine brief but lively, evocative essays testify to the universal human experience of exile. The editors of this fascinating, wide-ranging collection have chosen their title well, as `diasporic experiences' neatly sidesteps the thorny question of what constitutes a diaspora as such. In view of the fact that German-speaking people left territories variously bounded in nation-states and empires at different times or were stranded as minorities in new political entities, it is difficult to ascribe a single noun to such diverse dispersal.... Together [these essays] offer a diverse feast for scholars of German history and culture.'' -- Renate Bridenthal, Brooklyn College, City University of New York -- Journal of World History, September 2009, 200910
``This book is an important contribution to German Studies because it focuses on subjects neglected by mainstream research and complements German exile studies that have mainly dealt with the cultural artifacts produced by the exiles in art, literature, music, and university scholarship... With few exceptions exile research has neglected mass migration and concentrated on individual achievements and failures, while diaspora studies paid little attention to artistic and intellectual production. Both fields have largely ignored each other. This volume shows that they could profit from each other in the future.'' -- Ehrhard Bahr, University of California, Los Angeles -- Monatshefte, Vol. 102, #2, 2010, 201007
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