New Routes for Diaspora Studies

New Routes for Diaspora Studies

Edited by 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.

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“Study of diasporas provides a useful frame for reimagining locations, movements, identities, and social formations. Using case studies drawn from African and Asian diasporas and immigration in the U.S., New Routes for Diaspora Studies explores diaspora as historical experience and as a category of analysis.”

“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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