The word ‘diaspora’ has leapt from its previously confined use – mainly concerned with the dispersion of Jews, Greeks, Armenians and Africans away from their natal homelands – to cover the cases of many other ethnic groups, nationalities and religions. But this ‘horizontal’ scattering of the word to cover the mobility of many groups to many destinations, has been paralleled also by ‘vertical’ leaps, with the word diaspora being deployed to cover more and more phenomena and serve more and more objectives of different actors.

With sections on ‘debating the concept’, ‘complexity’, ‘home and home-making’, ‘connections’ and ‘critiques’, the Routledge Handbook of Diaspora Studies is likely to remain an authoritative reference for some time. Each contribution includes a targeted list of references for further reading. The editors have carefully blended established scholars of diaspora with younger scholars looking at how diasporas are constructed ‘from below’. The adoption of a variety of conceptual perspectives allows for generalization, contrasts and comparisons between cases.

In this exciting and authoritative collection over 40 scholars from many countries have explored the evolving use of the concept of diaspora, its possibilities as well as its limitations. This Handbook will be indispensable for students undertaking essays, debates and dissertations in the field.

chapter |10 pages

Diaspora studies

An introduction
ByRobin Cohen, Carolin Fischer

part I|83 pages

Exploring and debating diaspora

chapter 1|9 pages

Diaspora before it became a concept

ByStéphane Dufoix

chapter 2|9 pages

Diaspora studies

Past, present and promise
ByKhachig Tölölyan

chapter 3|9 pages

Key methodological tools for diaspora studies

Combining the transnational and intersectional approaches
ByAnna Amelina, Karolina Barglowski

chapter 4|7 pages

The social construction of diasporas

Conceptual development and the Rwandan case
BySimon Turner

chapter 5|8 pages

Diasporas as social movements?

BySharon M. Quinsaat

chapter 6|8 pages

Performing diaspora

ByAlpha Abebe

chapter 7|8 pages

Embodying belonging

Diaspora’s racialization and cultural citizenship
ByTaku Suzuki

chapter 8|8 pages

Music, dance and diaspora

ByAnanya Jahanara Kabir

chapter 9|7 pages

Diasporic filmmaking in Europe

ByDaniela Berghahn

chapter 10|8 pages

Writing in diaspora

ByZuzanna Olszewska

part II|76 pages

Complex diasporas

chapter 11|9 pages

Making and ‘faking’ a diasporic heritage

ByMarc Scully

chapter 12|7 pages

Translanguaging and diasporic imagination

ByZhu Hua, Li Wei

chapter 13|7 pages

Multi-religious diasporas

Rethinking the relationship between religion and diaspora
ByDominic Pasura

chapter 14|9 pages

Homelessness and statelessness

Possibilities and perils
ByBarzoo Eliassi

chapter 15|9 pages

Diaspora and class, class and diaspora

ByNicholas Van Hear

chapter 16|8 pages

Working-class cosmopolitans and diaspora

ByPnina Werbner

chapter 17|8 pages

Transversal crossings and diasporic intersections

ByAmanda Wise

chapter 18|9 pages

Intersectionalizing diaspora studies

ByMarie Godin

part III|60 pages

Home and home-making

chapter 20|8 pages

Unravelling the conceptual link between transnationalism and diaspora

The example of hometown networks
ByThomas Lacroix

chapter 21|8 pages

Deportees as ‘reverse diasporas’

ByShahram Khosravi

chapter 22|8 pages


Relative embeddedness in transnational and co-ethnic networks
ByTakeyuki (Gaku) Tsuda

chapter 23|9 pages

Moral comforts of remaining in exile

Snapshots from conflict-generated Indonesian diasporas
ByAntje Missbach

chapter 24|8 pages

Islamic schooling and the second generation

A diaspora perspective
ByHannah Höchner

chapter 25|9 pages

Diaspora and home

Interrogating embodied precarity in an era of forced displacement
ByDivya P. Tolia-Kelly

chapter 26|8 pages

Diasporas and political obligation

ByIlan Zvi Baron

part IV|60 pages

Connecting diaspora

chapter 27|8 pages

Diaspora and religion

Connecting and disconnecting
ByGiulia Liberatore, Leslie Fesenmyer

chapter 28|10 pages

Digital diasporas

ByMihaela Nedelcu

chapter 29|9 pages

Diaspora politics and political remittances

A conceptual reflection
ByLea Müller-Funk

chapter 31|8 pages

The plasticity of diasporic identities in super-diverse cities

ByTamsin Barber

chapter 32|8 pages

Displaced imaginations, bodies and things

Materiality and subjectivity of forced migration
BySandra H. Dudley

chapter 33|7 pages

Disconnecting from home

Contesting the salience of the diaspora
ByGijsbert Oonk

part V|63 pages

Critiques and applied diaspora studies

chapter 34|9 pages

Using pragmatism to approach ‘diaspora’, its meanings and political implications

ByCarolin Fischer, Janine Dahinden

chapter 35|9 pages

Why engage diasporas?

ByAlan Gamlen

chapter 36|9 pages

Diaspora mobilizations for conflict

Beyond amplification and reduction
ByMaria Koinova

chapter 37|8 pages

Diaspora and development

ByBen Page, Claire Mercer

chapter 38|8 pages

Diasporas and the politics of memory and commemoration

ByKhatharya Um

chapter 39|9 pages

At home in diaspora

The Babylonian Talmud as diasporist manifesto
ByDaniel Boyarin

chapter 40|9 pages

Diasporas building peace

Reflections from the experience of Middle Eastern diasporas
ByBahar Baser, Mari Toivanen