A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism

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A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism offers a ground-breaking combined discussion of the concepts of diaspora and transnationalism. Newly commissioned essays by leading scholars provide interdisciplinary perspectives that link together the concepts in new and important ways.

  • A wide-ranging collection which reviews the most significant developments and provides valuable insights into current key debates in transnational and diaspora ...
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Overview

A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism offers a ground-breaking combined discussion of the concepts of diaspora and transnationalism. Newly commissioned essays by leading scholars provide interdisciplinary perspectives that link together the concepts in new and important ways.

  • A wide-ranging collection which reviews the most significant developments and provides valuable insights into current key debates in transnational and diaspora studies
  • Contains newly commissioned essays by leading scholars, which will both influence the field, and stimulate further insight and discussion in the future
  • Provides interdisciplinary perspectives on diaspora and transnationalism which link the two concepts in new and important ways
  • Combines theoretical discussion with specific examples and case studies
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"An exhilarating mix of emerging and experienced scholars address the themes of diaspora and transnationalism. Anthropological and historical perspectives are particularly notable, but there is plenty here for those from other disciplines too."
Robin Cohen, University of Oxford

"Diasporas and transnationalism cannot be theorized without reference to a rich variety of illustrative cases such as those offered here, from ancient Greeks to contemporary Tibetans, on remittances and cell phones, cheese and salsa dancing."
Kim Knott, Lancaster University

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Meet the Author

Ato Quayson is Inaugural Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies and Professor of English at the University of Toronto. His publications include Relocating Postcolonialism (with David Theo Goldberg, Blackwell, 2002); Calibrations: Reading for the Social (2003); Aesthetic Nervousness: Disability and the Crisis of Representation (2006); and the 2-volume The Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature (2012).

Girish Daswani is an Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He is also affiliated with the Department for the Study of Religion and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto as well as the Centre for Ethnography at University of Toronto Scarborough.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

1 Introduction – Diaspora and Transnationalism: Scapes, Scales, and Scopes 1
Ato Quayson and Girish Daswani

Part I Transnationalism and Diaspora Through the Disciplines 27

2 The Anthropology of Transnationalism and Diaspora 29
Girish Daswani

3 Communication and Media Studies 54
Julian Murphet

4 Diaspora, Transnationalism, and Issues in Contemporary Politics 68
Garrett Wallace Brown

5 Diaspora and Transnationalism in Urban Studies 88
Ayona Datta

6 Migration and Transnational Studies: Between Simultaneity and Rupture 106
Pnina Werbner

7 Religion, Religions, and Diaspora 125
Seán McLoughlin

8 Postcolonialism and the Diasporic Imaginary 139
Ato Quayson

Part II Backgrounds and Perspectives 161

9 Slavery, Indentured Labor, and the Making of a Transnational World 163
Emmanuel Akyeampong

10 When the Diaspora Returns Home: Ambivalent Encounters with the Ethnic Homeland 172
Takeyuki Tsuda

11 Interracial Sex and the Making of Empire 190
Carina Ray

12 Istanbul as a Cosmopolitan City: Myths and Realities 212
Edhem Eldem

Part III The Aesthetics of Transnationalism and Diaspora 231

13 The Anxieties of “New” Indian Modernity: Globalization, Diaspora, and Bollywood 233
Jigna Desai and Rani Neutill

14 West African Video-Movies and Their Transnational Imaginaries 249
Carmela Garritano

15 The European Salsa Congress: Music and Dance in Transnational Circuits 263
Ananya Jahanara Kabir

Part IV Overviews and Case Studies 277

16 Gender and Identity in Oral Histories of Elderly Russian Jewish Migrants in the United States and Canada 279
Anna Shternshis

17 The Transnational Life of Cheese 293
Ken MacDonald

18 Diaspora and Transnational Perspectives on Remittances 316
Anna Lindley

19 A Diaspora Concept That Works: Tibetan Economy and Identity in India and Canada 330
Timm Lau

20 Cell Phones and Transnationalism in Africa 346
Wisdom J. Tettey

21 Home-Making in the Diaspora: Bringing Palestine to London 366
Michelle Obeid

22 Imagining Transnational Futures in Vanuatu 381
Maggie Cummings

23 Global Cities and Transnational Circulations: Singapore and Hong Kong 397
Rajeev S. Patke

24 Diaspora and Discourse: The Contrapuntal Lives of Mexican Non-Migrants 412
Hilary Parsons Dick

25 The Scales of Justice: Refl ections on Representation and Responsibility in a Transnational Frame 428
Kevin Lewis O’Neill

26 Greek Settler Communities in Central and South Asia, 323 bce to 10 ce 443
Rachel Mairs

27 Parts and Labor: The Commodifi cation of the Human Body 455
Monir Moniruzzaman

28 Diaspora Activism and the Politics of Locality: The Armenians of France 473
Hakem Al-Rustom

29 The Muslim Brotherhood and the Transnationalism of Islam 494
Meena Sharify-Funk and Ali Albarghouthi

30 Religions of the African Diaspora 509
Paul Christopher Johnson

31 Diaspora Tourism: The Heritage of Slavery in Ghana 524
Ann Reed

32 The Transnational Politics of the Techno-Class in Bangalore 539
T.T. Sreekumar

Index 556

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