- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (January 9, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521009871
- ISBN-13: 978-0521009874
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,201,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Diaspora Politics: At Home Abroad 1st Edition
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"Gabriel Sheffer is among the leading figures of this expanding field of research that is diaspora studies...a worldwide known expert. Diaspora Politics represents an important contribution to a field...Sheffer's attempt to define conceptual boundaries and provide tentative classifications is helpful and should be greatly welcomed. [An] insightful and very readable book. Sheffer's volume proves indeed to be an excellent and solid contribution to an expanding field of research and will certainly remain a must read for several years to come." Matteo Fumagalli, School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK, Ethnic and Racial Studies
"...clarifies the core concepts that undergird migration and the diaspora phenomenon. It also outlines an important typology of diasporism. [E]ssential to anyone interested in the dynamics of migration, diaspora, and diasporism. Through his profound analytical insight, deep historical knowledge of diasporas, and fluid prose, Sheffer clearly presents the most salient issues pertaining to migration and diasporism. Diaspora Politics is an authoritative work on diaspora politics; it is rich in substance, innovative in ideas, and replete with references." Georges E. Fouron, SUNY Stony Brook, International Studies Review
"Characterized by a true comparative perspective, the study contrasts with work of the many who claim that perspective but in fact project a model based on their expertise in only one diaspora.... This will be a core text for diaspora studies. Essential." Choice
This book is about an important cultural-political phenomenon, ethno-national diasporas that try to feel at home in their host countries, and yet to maintain close contact with their homelands and promote their culture and interest. The book analyzes their continuous struggle to maintain their identity, to organize, and to fight against all those who want to prevent their permanent settlement and integration in their host countries. It discusses the complex questions of the loyalties of these groups to their homelands and host countries and their potential and actual contributions to their host countries and homelands.
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I was delighted as well to see that Sheffer mentions in passing the possibility that the 5 million Americans living abroad are becoming a true diaspora. He points out that Americans have been living in Paris for so long in respectable numbers that they are almost a colony. There is also a significant number of Americans living in Mexico, Germany, Japan and the UK many of whom are not transients, they are long-term residents.
This is a fascinating book. I sincerely hope that Mr. Sheffer will be inspired to write more on this topic.