New Routes for Diaspora Studies

New Routes for Diaspora Studies

Sukanya Banerjee, Aims McGuinness and Steven McKay
Distribution: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Publication date: 07/11/2012
Format: Hardback 5 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-00217-4
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Study of diasporas provides a useful frame for reimagining locations, movements, identities, and social formations. This volume explores diaspora as historical experience and as a category of analysis. Using case studies drawn from African and Asian diasporas and immigration in the U.S., the contributors interrogate ideas of displacement, return, and place of origin as they relate to diasporic identity. They also consider how practices of commensality become grounds for examining identity and difference and how narrative and aesthetic forms emerge through the context of diaspora.

Author Bio

Sukanya Banerjee is Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and author of Becoming Imperial Citizens: Indians in the Late-Victorian Empire.

Aims McGuinness is Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and author of Path of Empire: Panama and the California Gold Rush, 1848–1856.

Steven C. McKay is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz and author of Satanic Mills or Silicon Islands? The Politics of High-Tech Production in the Philippines.


“Offers a welcome addition to the literature on migration by using the springboard of ‘diaspora’ to address the cross-border movements of people in past and present . . . [and] in mapping diaspora as a process, invites future discussions and interrogations on the subject.”
 — Rhacel Parreñas, Brown University

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Routing Diasporas / Sukanya Banerjee

Part 1. Interrogating Terms
1. The Middle Passages of Black Migration / Jenny Sharpe
2. Making the Exodus from Algeria "European": Family and Race in 1962 France / Todd Shepard
3. Enslaved Lives, Enslaving Labels: A New Approach to the Colonial Indian Labor Diaspora / Crispin Bates and Marina Carter

Part 2. Maps of Intimacy
4. Empire, Anglo-India, and the Alimentary Canal / Parama Roy
5. Domestic Internationalisms, Imperial Nationalisms: Civil Rights, Immigration, and Conjugal Military Policy / Rachel Ida Buff

Part 3. Nation, Narrative, Diaspora
6. Serial Migration: Stories of Home and Belonging in Diaspora / Lok Siu
7. Building Associations: Nineteenth-Century Monumental Architecture and the Jew in the American Imagination / Martin A. Berger
8. Cultural Forms and World Systems: The Ethnic Epic in the New Diaspora / Betty Joseph

Afterword: Diaspora and the Language of Neoliberalism / Aims McGuinness and Steven C. McKay

List of Contributors