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Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction

Kevin Kenny

July 2013

ISBN: 9780199858583

144 pages
Paperback
175x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £7.99

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Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction examines the origins of diaspora as a concept, its changing meanings over time, its current popularity, and its utility in explaining human migration. The book proposes a flexible approach to diaspora based on examples drawn mainly from Jewish, African, Irish, and Asian history.

  • Explores a concept that helps migrants, scholars, and social commentators alike to make sense of the experience of migration
  • Examines the origins of diaspora as a concept, its changing meanings over time, its current popularity, and its strengths and limitations as an explanatory device
  • Proposes a flexible approach to diaspora that can provide insights into many dimensions of the term

About the Author(s)

Kevin Kenny, Professor of History, Boston College

Professor of History, Boston College

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    List of illustrations
    1. What is diaspora?
    2. Migration
    3. Connections
    4. Return
    5. Diaspora today
    References
    Further reading
    Index

Reviews

"This book is significant to the field because it grounds future writers, readers, and researchers beginning their study in diaspora. Through broad strokes of its history and development, Kenny does a good job putting it within migration and prioritizing a definition for usage of diaspora as a way to 'explain' or 'describe' certain migrations." - Eric Tuls, Migration Researcher