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As a historical and religious term diaspora has existed for many years but it only became an academic and analytical concept in the 1980s and 90s. Within its various usages two broad direc- tions stand out diaspora as a dispersion of people from an original homeland and diaspora as a claim of identity that expresses a form of belong- ing and also keeps alive a sense of difference. Between Dispersion and Belonging critically assesses the meaning and practice of diaspora rst by engaging with the theoretical life histories of the concept and then by examining a range of historical case studies. Essays in this volume draw from diaspora formations in the pre-modern Indian Ocean region read diaspora against the concept of indigeneity in the Americas reassess the claim for a Swedish diaspora interrogate the notion of an invisible English diaspora in the Atlantic world calibrate the meaning of the Irish diaspora in North America and consider the case for a global Indian indentured-labour diaspora. Through these studies the contributors demon- strate that an inherent appeal to globality is cen- tral to modern formulations of diaspora. They are not global in the sense that diasporas span the en- tire globe rather they are global precisely because they are not bound by arbitrary geopolitical units. In examining the ways in which academic and larger society discuss diaspora Between Disper- sion and Belonging presents a critique of modern historiography and positions that critique in the shape of global history. Amitava Chowdhury is associate professor of history at Queens University. Donald Harman Akenson is Douglas Professor of History at Queens University. 1 9 M Q U P S P R I N G 2 0 1 6 W O R L D H I S T O R Y M I G R AT I O N S T U D I E S Between Dispersion and Belonging Global Approaches to Diaspora in Practice edited by amitava chowdhury and donald harman akenson Revisiting diaspora theory with illuminating global case studies. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S McGill-Queens Studies in Ethnic History June 2016 978-0-7735-4713-1 34.95A 34.95A 23.99 paper 978-0-7735-4712-4 110.00S 110.00S 76.00 cloth 6 x 9 368pp 8 tables 1 diagram Ebook available