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Global Diasporas

Edited by Robin Cohen, Professor of Sociology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

The assumption that minorities and migrants will demonstrate an exclusive loyalty to the nation-state is now questionable. Scholars of nationalism, international migration and ethnic relations need new conceptual maps and fresh case studies to understand the growth of complex transnational identities. The old idea of "diaspora" may provide this framework. Though often conceived in terms of a catastrophic dispersion, widening the notion of diaspora to include trade, imperial, labour, and cultural diasporas can provide a more nuanced understanding of the often positive relationships between migrants' homelands and their places of work and settlement. This series of books attempts to capture the new relationships between home and abroad.


Global Disaporas: An Introduction, by Robin Cohen

New Diasporas: The Mass Exodus, Dispersal, and Regrouping of Migrant Communities,
by Nicholas Van Hear

The Sikh Diaspora: Search for Statehood, by Darshan Singh Tatla

Italy's Many Diasporas: Elites, Exiles and Workers of the World, by Donna R. Gabaccia