Diaspora, Identity and Religion
New Directions in Theory and Research
Edited by Carolin Alfonso, Waltraud Kokot, Khachig Tölölyan
Routledge – 2004 – 224 pages
Over the last decade, concepts of diaspora and locality have gained complex new meanings in political discourse as well as in social and cultural studies. Diaspora, in particular, has acquired new meanings related to notions such as global deterritorialization, transnational migration and cultural hybridity.
The authors discuss the key concepts and theory, focus on the meaning of religion both as a factor in forming diasporic social organisations, as well as shaping and maintaining diasporic identities, and the appropriation of space and place in history. It includes up to date research of the Caribbean, Irish, Armenian, African and Greek diasporas.
1. Introduction 2.Deconstructing and Comparing Diasporas 3. Diasporic Spatiality and the Question of Identity Part 1: Identity Politics, History and Locality 4. 'Too close for comfort' - Re-membering the forgotten diaspora of Irish women in England 5. Place, Movement and Identity: Processes of Inclusion and Exclusion in a 'Caribbean' Family 6. Why Locality Matters - Diaspora Consciousness and Sedentariness in the AmericanDiaspora in Greece 7. Past and Present in the History of Modern Greek Diaspora 8. Griots, Roots and Identity in the African Diaspora 9. The Invention of History in the Irish American Diaspora: Myths of the Great Famine Part Two: Diasporic Aspects of Religion 10. Religion or Culture? Concepts of Identity in the Alevi Diaspora 11. A Double Minority: Notes on the Emerging Yezidi Diaspora 12. A Diachronic View at Diaspora, the Significance of Religion and the Hindu Trinidadians 13. They Prayed in Brazil and it Rained in Boston: Dominican and Brazilian Transnational Religious Life 14. Let it Flow - Economy, Spirituality and Gender in the Sindhi Network