Winner of the 2017 Choice Outstanding Academic Title AwardIn The Dispersion, Stéphane Dufoix skillfully traces how the word “diaspora”, first coined in the third century BCE, has, over the past three decades, developed into a contemporary concept often considered to be ideally suited to grasping the complexities of our current world. Spanning two millennia, from the Septuagint to the emergence of Zionism, from early Christianity to the Moravians, from slavery to the defence of the Black cause, from its first scholarly uses to academic ubiquity, from the early negative connotations of the term to its contemporary apotheosis, Stéphane Dufoix explores the historical socio-semantics of a word that, perhaps paradoxically, has entered the vernacular while remaining poorly understood.
About the Author
Stéphane Dufoix is Professor of Sociology at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. He has published on exile politics and diasporas (including Diasporas, University of California Press, 2008). He is working on a historical sociology of the concept of globalization.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements ... ixList of Maps, Illustrations, Figures and Tables ... xiIntroduction. Towards a Historical Socio-semantics of a Word in Vogue ... 1Part 1: From the Word to the ConceptIntroduction to Part 1 ... 231 The Word of the Septuagint ... 272 The Religious Space of Dispersion ... 763 Towards a Secular Concept ... 134Part 2: Cham Dispersed: From the Jewish Model to the ReversalIntroduction to Part 2 ... 1814 Next Year in Ethiopia: Blacks at the Jewish Mirror ... 1855 A Name of One’s Own: The Emergence of the Black/African Diaspora ... 2316 The Reversal ... 279Part 3: The Name of the GlobalIntroduction to Part 3 ... 3377 Constructing the Field of Diaspora Studies ... 3408 The Critical Turn ... 3929 States and Their Diasporas ... 444Conclusion. Two Cats and Three Demons ... 495Bibliography ... 501Index of Names ... 581