Interview 5

Abstract The historical prototype of a diaspora is of course the Jews in the “dispersion” after the Second Jewish war. With the Jewish defeat in that war in 135 they were no longer allowed to live in Palestine, and were “dispersed” all over the Mediterranean world and further afield. It is true that also prior […]

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Interview 6

Abstract As an analytic concept, diaspora is one of the contested phenomena in the field of immigration studies. Indeed, the term has been associated with the expulsion of Jewish from Palestine by the Babylonians in the late 6th century BC. These forced migrants’ descendants were scattered in different parts of the world and were originally […]

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Interview 7

Abstract In her article published in 2001, Kim Butler says “it is increasingly rare to live and die on the land of our ancient forebears.”1 This basic fact is the reality of the 20th century, especially after the new waves of international migration that emerged in the wake of the Second World War. However, human […]

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Interview 8

Abstract Since Brubaker’s (2005) much cited paper on the proliferation of the word diaspora, there has been much debate on the notion of diaspora and what exactly it does and does not encompass. There are those who view diasporas more in terms of distinct ethno-national communities spread out through space but who are tied somehow […]

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Interview 9

Abstract Victim diasporas are still around and it is the enduring collective memory of people who had been persecuted who perpetuate exactly such a recollection. As for my conceptualisation of diaspora, please see an article of mine attach (Baumann, 2000). And yes, numerous articles since the mid-1990s are around and continue to discuss concepts of […]

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Interview 10

Abstract I argue in Global diasporas: an Introduction (2008) that it is important to avoid a formal definition of diaspora and deliberately use the expression ‘common features’ to signify that not every diaspora will exhibit every feature listed, nor will they be present to the same degree over time and in all settings. I analogize […]

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Interview 11

Abstract The proliferation of the practices of diaspora runs parallel to transnational encounters and exchanges. While displacements and dispersals remain foundational to the formation of diasporas and diasporic communities, migrations and migratory experiences have resulted in the continued evolution of the concept of diaspora to suit the needs and demands of ever-changing im/migrant communities. This […]

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Alan Gamlen, Human Geopolitics: States, Emigrants, and the Rise of Diaspora Institutions, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2019, 352 pp., $93 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0-19-883349-9

Abstract The book is well balanced to show the advantages and disadvantages of diaspora institutions. Throughout the book the author reveals the benefits of diaspora institutions and in the concluding part, he is not very optimistic about them. This juxtaposition gives a more realistic point of view, considering the increasing number closed border policies. Hence, […]

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Gabriel Sheffer, Diaspora Politics: At Home Abroad, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2003, xiii+290 pp., $44.99, ISBN 9780521811378

Abstract In his book, Gabriel Sheffer describes how people who live abroad somehow try to develop special ties with their homeland, and also try to experience the feeling of being at home even when abroad (p. XIII). Sheffer describes these human communities as “diaspora” (p. 10); the structural, organizational, and behavioral characteristics of these “diasporic” […]

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Robin Cohen and Nicholas Van Hear, Refugia: Radical Solutions to Mass Displacement, Routledge, London and New York, 2019, 148 pp., $46.95, ISBN 9781138601567

Abstract The main aim of the Refugia idea is to create a new form of transnational government. In doing so, the authors consider how to resolve displacement. Accordingly, Refugia will be led by an international virtual assembly. Refugians will have the responsibility to pay taxes to both the nation-state they live in and Refugia. Also, this […]

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