Connecting Diasporic Threads and Suggestions for Future Research

Connecting Diasporic Threads and Suggestions for Future Research

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7757-7.ch006


This chapter summarizes the classical (or old) and psychological/affective (or new) characterization of diaspora and the establishment of diasporic communities in the modern age. The chapter provides greater insight into the role of the nation-state in diasporic relations in the contemporary transnational community. The author provides suggestions for future research on diaspora and diasporic political mobilization and recommends a greater focus on comparative analysis of diasporic communities which would provide for an increased awareness of the differences among diasporas and the struggles those communities face in both homeland and host country.
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Old Vs. New Diaspora

As has been noted throughout this work, the conception of diaspora has evolved throughout time and experiences of various peoples from old to new characterizations of what constitutes a diaspora, and how to mobilize diasporic communities for sociopolitical change. The old diaspora is characterized by essential notions of the migration of a people (often forcibly and involuntarily) and that peoples’ concentration on returning to that homeland (real or imagined). Van Amersfoort characterizes classical diaspora,

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