In a perceptive and arresting analysis, Robin Cohen introduces his distinctive approach to the study of the world’s diasporas. This book investigates the changing meanings of the concept and the contemporary diasporic condition, including case studies of Jewish, Armenian, African, Chinese, British, Indian, Lebanese and Caribbean people.
The first edition of this book had a major impact on diaspora studies and was the foundational text in an emerging research and teaching field. This second edition extends and clarifies Robin Cohen’s argument, addresses some critiques and outlines new perspectives for the study of diasporas. It has also been made more student-friendly with illustrations, guided readings and suggested essay questions.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition
1. Four Phases of Diaspora Studies
2. Classical Notions of Diaspora: Transcending the Jewish Tradition
3. Victim Diasporas: Africans and Armenians
4. Labour and Imperial Diasporas: Indentured Indians and the British
5. Trade and Business Diasporas: Chinese and Lebanese
6. Diasporas and their Homelands: Zionists and Sikhs
7. Deterritorialized Diasporas: The Black Atlantic and the Lure of Bombay
8. Mobilizing Diasporas in a Global Age
9. Studying Diasporas: Old Methods and New Topics