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Diaspora: An Introduction

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5340-9
320 pages
March 2008, ©2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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This introduction highlights key topics significant to contemporary discussions of diaspora and stressing the substantial impact these migratory shifts have on global capital.

  • Offers a critical introduction to diaspora - the study of dispersed ethnic populations - with specific focus on migratory shifts post-1989 and post 9/11
  • Examines the ways global capitalist shifts and the global terrorism war impact diaspora movements since the mid-1990s
  • Includes discussion of globalization, the global terror war, and post-9/11 geopolitical and geo-economic shifts
  • Engages directly with the political and ideological formations of the contemporary diaspora movement
  • Provides comprehensive analysis of labour and economic migration; the relationship of diaspora to gender and race; queer diasporas; and diasporic 'acts of resistance'
  • Theorizing Diaspora (2003), Braziel's groundbreaking anthology, offers complementary readings for this text
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PREFACE: Between Homelands and Homelessness? New Diasporas, Global Refugees.

INTRODUCTION: Introducing Diaspora: Key Terms.

Questions for Reflection and Discussion.

Additional Research.

1. Diasporic Workers, New Global Economy.

Case Study: "La Frontera": Transborder Migrations, Mexican-American Diasporic Workers.

Questions for Reflection and Discussion.

Additional Research.

2. Gender and Diasporas.

Case Study: Filipina Working Diasporas in the U.S., Hong Kong, and Italy.

Questions for Reflection and Discussion.

Additional Research.

3. Global Traffic.

Questions for Reflection and Discussion.

Additional Research.

4. Queer Diasporas.

Questions for Reflection and Discussion.

Additional Research.

5. Race and Diasporas.

Case Study: Barred Entry: Haitian and Southeast Asian Asylees in the U.S. and Australia.

Questions for Reflection and Discussion.

Additional Research.

6. Transnational Activism, Diasporic Arts of Resistance.

Case Study 1. Troubled Waters, Dam Nation, Grass Roots, and Transnational Indian Diasporic Resistance: Whence Narmada?.

Case Study 2: Haitian Diaspora and Transnational "Tenth Department" Activism.

Case Study 3: Filipina Maids in Hong Kong.

Questions for Reflection and Discussion.

Additional Research.

POSTFACE: Diasporic Shifts Post-9/11.

Questions for Reflection and Discussion.

Additional Research.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index
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Jana Evans Braziel is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati. She has co-edited Theorizing Diasporas (with Anita Mannur, Blackwell, 2003).
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  • Offers a critical introduction to diaspora - the study of dispersed ethnic populations - with specific focus on migratory shifts post-1989 and post 9/11
  • Examines the ways global capitalist shifts and the global terrorism war impact diaspora movements since the mid-1990s
  • Includes discussion of globalization, the global terror war, and post-9/11 geo-political and geo-economic shifts
  • Engages directly with the political and ideological formations of the contemporary diaspora movement
  • Provides comprehensive analysis of labour and economic migration; the relationship of diaspora to gender and race; queer diasporas; and diasporic 'acts of resistance'
  • Theorizing Diaspora (2003), Braziel's groundbreaking anthology, offers complementary readings for this text



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"The book will be of interest to scholars as well as students in the field, though there is a clear emphasis on the latter, and the book contains an opening set of definitions dealing with key terms (‘refugees' and ‘detainees', rather than hybridity), with each chapter ending on a series of questions for readers to consider. The book closes with one of the most substantial bibliographies we have come across on the subject of diaspora (over sixty pages) and will be a useful resource for future research in the field." (Postcolonial Theory, October 2010)

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