Studies is an important, interdisciplinary thread which runs through contemporary debates on globalization, citizenship, community studies, political geography and identity. It has always represented a significant component of ethnic, multicultural and racial studies but the last few years have seen a steady increase in separate / autonomous courses and modules as students, lecturers and researchers engage with the field. This proposal looks to pull together the central themes of the field; its approach is logical and the three main themes the authors identify are a useful hook upon which to hang the text. International relevance and marketability is obviously important; the inclusion of a US and a UK author with such sympathetic expertise will help to maximise the appeal of the project. The authors are aware of the need to balance the needs of different markets and their willingness to develop the proposal in response to the reviewers' comments is encouraging.
Definition: A dispersed population across more than one territory having a durable and salient relationship (consisting of a set of claims, practices and/or loyalties) to a common origin, identity or homeland.
The term diaspora has become so popularized that it often stands in altogether for immigrants or ethnic groups. Thus, in research from the last two decades, the ‘Chinese diaspora’ has been virtually synonymous with ‘Chinese immigrants’, for instance. Indeed, the term diaspora is used in a variety of different ways and by many sorts of people (researchers, advocates, journalists, officials, development experts, etc.) who want to understand the presence and activities of immigrants and ethnic groups around the world. It has been used to designate ethnic or [Page 49]immigrant communities living in different countries ...