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Table of Contents

  • Introduction - Kim Knott and Sean McLoughlin
  • Part I: Concepts and Theories
    • 1. Exile - Martin Baumann
    • 2. Home and memory - Femke Stock
    • 3. Slavery and the Black Atlantic - David Richardson
    • 4. Migration - Nicholas Van Hear
    • 5. Transnationalism - Peggy Levitt
    • 6. Nation, ethnicity and community - Gerd Baumann
    • 7. Multiculturalism and citizenship - Tariq Modood
    • 8. Postcoloniality - Graham Huggan
    • 9. Hybridity - John Hutnyk
    • 10. Cosmopolitanism - Steven Vertovec
    • 11. Social identities and creolization - Robin Cohen
    • 12. Complex diasporas - Pnina Werbner
    • 13. Space and movement - Kim Knott
  • Part II: Intersections
    • 14. Diasporas and economies - Claire Dwyer
    • 15. Diasporas and politics - Peter Mandaville and Terrence Lyons
    • 16. Diasporas, conflict and security - Simon Turner
    • 17. Diasporas and development - Ben Page and Claire Mercer
    • 18. Diasporas and cities - John Eade
    • 19. Diasporas, race and difference - Claire Alexander
    • 20. Diasporas and gender - Nadje Al-Ali
    • 21. Diasporas and sexuality - Kira Kosnick
    • 22. Diasporas and religion - Manuel Vasquez
    • 23. Diasporas and language - Jaine Beswick
    • 24. Diasporas and material culture - Philip Crang
    • 25. Diasporas, literature and literary studies - Ananya Jahanara Kabir
    • 26. Diasporas and performance - Helen Gilbert and Jacqueline Lo
    • 27. Diasporas, film and cinema - Daniela Berghahn
    • 28. Diasporas and media - Karim H. Karim
    • 29. Diasporas and cyberspace - Victoria Bernal
  • Part III: Empirical and Metaphorical Diasporas
    • 30. South/North relations in the Americas - Alex Stepick, Carol Dutton Stepick and Tricia Vandekooy
    • 31. Movements between 'White' Europe and America: Greek migration to the United States - Anastasia Christou and Russell King
    • 32. The Russian-Jewish diaspora at the beginning of the twenty-first century - Larissa Remmenick
    • 33. The Iranian diaspora in the West - Sanaz Raji
    • 34. How the Japanese diaspora in Brazil became the Brazilian diaspora in Japan - Jeffrey Lesser
    • 35. Migrations within China - Flemming Christiansen
    • 36. Beyond Tibet - Dibyesh Anand
    • 37. Sacred journeys, diasporic lives: Sociality and the religious imagination among Filipinos in the Middle East - Mark Johnson, Claudia Liebelt, Deirdre McKay, Alicia Pingol and Pnina Werbner
    • 38. Muslim travellers: Home, the ummah and British-Pakistanis - Sean McLoughlin
    • 39. Diasporic dialogue among the British in Australia - Sara Wills
    • 40. Diasporic creativity: Refugee intellectuals, exiled poets and corporate cosmopolitanism at the BBC World Service - Marie Gillespie
    • 41. Colonial space-making and hybridizing history, or 'Are the Indians of East Africa Africans or Indians?' - Ato Quayson
    • 42. Transnational musicians' networks across Africa and Europe - Ulrike Hanna Meinhof, Nadia Kiwan and Marie-Pierre Gibert
    • 43. Diasporic readers and the location of reception - James Procter
    • 44. Jews as Rooted Cosmopolitans: The End of Diaspora? - David Shneer and Caryn Aviv
  • Conclusion: New Directions - Sean McLoughlin and Kim Knott

About the Author

Kim Knott is professor of religious studies at the University of Leeds, UK, and director of Diasporas, Migration and Identities, a programme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) that has brought scholars together from all over Britain and from a wide range of disciplines. She has worked on South Asian religious diasporas, particularly British Hindus, and on migration, ethnicity and identity, with publications including Hindus in Leeds, My Sweet Lord: The Hare Krishna Movement, and Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction. In conjunction with government and voluntary sector partners she has researched issues of religious and ethnic diversity and representation. In The Location of Religion: A Spatial Analysis and later articles, she has developed a spatial methodology for researching places, bodies and organisations in which controversies occur about matters of sacred concern, whether religious, secular or postsecular. Sean McLoughlin is senior lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. Trained in the study of religion, Islam and anthropology, he is an expert on various aspects of South Asian heritage Muslims in Britain and has worked on a number of public projects, as well as giving invited lectures across Europe and in the United States. Co-editor of European Muslims and the Secular State, most recently he was principal investigator on an AHRC Diasporas' network, From Diaspora to Multi-Locality: Writing British-Asian Cities (2006-9). A related co-edited volume, Writing the City in British-Asian Diasporas, is in preparation, as is a single-authored book, Representing Muslims: Religion, Diaspora and the Politics of Identity.


'Simultaneously panoramic and precise, this volume offers authoritative, inclusive, yet blessedly focused articles on the terms, concepts, and perspectives that collectively define the field of diaspora studies.' -Professor Khachig Tololyan, Editor, 'Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies' 'As scholarly approaches to Diasporas develop a global profile and span a variety of disciplines, this book provides an incisive account of the state of the art. Its illuminating emphasis on the evolution of theme and concept is enriched by an attention to specific historical events and cultural conditions that makes this work an indispensable companion to global studies.'- Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University 'Bringing together an impressive array of distinguished interdisciplinary scholars with wide-ranging perspectives on the cultural and historical significance of contemporary diasporas worldwide, this book provides an essential companion to understanding the complex evolution of concepts of migration and identity and their vital impact on shaping the direction of public and academic debate today. Providing an unusual combination of theory and practice, historical context and case-studies, this book opens several new doors, exposing crucial connections previously eclipsed in this dynamic field' - Professor Susheila Nasta, Open University and Editor of Wasafiri

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