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Global Diasporas: An Introduction

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"Considering that Global Diasporas covers a huge range of subjects, it is truly masterful. It has been put into a coherent theoretical scheme, it is backed by a lot of impressive scholarship, and it is clearly, even elegantly written". -- Daniel Chirot, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of WashingtonWhat is a diaspora? For the Greeks, from whose ...more
Published (first published January 1st 1997)
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Andrew
Apr 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent introduction to the theory of diasporas, a term which has expanded considerably in recent years from its original use in the Jewish Diaspora to describe all kinds of cultural and ethnic dispersions. Cohen starts by defining common features of diaspora, and several different types of diaspora:

* Victim diaspora, e.g. Jews, Africans, Armenians
* Labour diaspora, e.g. indentured Indians
* Imperial diaspora, e.g. British
* Trade diaspora, e.g. Lebanese, Chinese
* Deterritorialised di
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Rahmad
Feb 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good introduction to the study of diaspora. Extend the definition of diaspora and provide a taxonomy of several types of diaspora community. Good chapter describing how globalization can give diaspora an advantage.
Sam
It's pretty fair introduction to diasporas. One could do far worse than Cohen on this issue.
Stanley Lee
Better summarized by a few pages in the book with a few Google searches.
Alexandra Sundarsingh
Informative intro to the field. Would have enjoyed more consideration of the overlap in which groups can be identified in particular categories. Overall useful introduction.
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