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Home and Away: Social Configurations of Diaspora
Home and away: Social configurations of diaspora

I want to begin by asking how resistance is itself to be understood? (Gilroy 1991: 3)

It is good to swim in the waters of tradition, but to sink in them is suicide. (M.K. Gandhi, Navajivan, 28 June 1925)1

If words could change the world, then ‘diaspora’ is one of those terms that promised much but delivered little. Events have neutralized the purchase of many agreed conceptual staples and today it is transnational networks (often labelled ‘terrorist’) that have entered into the social science and broadsheet vocabulary. Such a change of terminology – not for the first time – marks a transition in the significance of diaspora for a whole range of cultural, social ...

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