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  • Page extent: 308 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.62 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 325
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: JV6021 .S54 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Emigration and immigration--History
    • Emigration and immigration--Political aspects

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521811378 | ISBN-10: 0521811376)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published April 2003

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$113.00 (C)

This book is about an important cultural-political phenomenon: ethno-national diasporas. While these groups try to "feel at home" in their host countries, they maintain at the same time close contact with their homelands to promote their culture and interests. The book analyzes their continuous struggle to maintain their identity, organize, and fight against all wishing to prevent permanent settlement and integration in the host countries. It discusses the complex questions of the groups' loyalties to their homelands and host countries as well as their contributions to them.


Preface and acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Primary questions and hypotheses; 2. Diasporism and diasporas in history; 3. A collective portrait of contemporary diasporas; 4. Diasporas in numbers; 5. The making, development, and unmaking of diasporas; 6. Stateless and state-linked diasporas; 7. Trans-state networks and politics; 8. Diasporas, the nation-state and regional integration; 9. Loyalty; 10. Diasporas at home abroad; References; Index.

Prize Winner

2004 Best Book Award, Israel Political Science Association

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles, 2005


"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

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