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“A conceptually power-packed volume that is at once erudite and accessible, expansive and focused, true to sociological traditions yet stimulatingly exploratory. Scholars and students will be served very well by this absorbing, far-reaching enquiry into ethnicity and race.” - Raymond Taras, Tulane University “[W]hat Meer offers with this distinctive new volume is a brief survey of the academic approach to key subjects in this area. For example, the entry titled ‘Racialisation’ opens with the provenance of the subject in the works of W. E. B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon; then Meer traces debates about whether the concept can be projected back upon history... Meer offers in-depth coverage of 28 concepts, including ‘Citizenship,’ ‘Hybridity,’ ‘Intersectionality,’ ‘Post-colonialism,’ ‘Transnationalism,’ and more… Students wanting a guide into the ...


The concept of transnationalism is closely linked to that of migration and related questions of multiculturalism, interculturalism and super-diversity – amongst others – surveyed elsewhere in this book. It is perhaps most closely associated with that of diaspora, though a useful distinction put forward by Faist (2010: 21) is a good means of separating the two. For the latter, a ‘diaspora approaches focus on aspects of collective identity, while transnational approaches take their cue from cross-border mobility’. More succinctly put, ‘transnational communities encompass diasporas, ...

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