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date: 22 May 2019

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This chapter provides an overview of feminist inquiries into and deployments of the term diaspora as a conceptual framework for understanding the cultural dimensions of migration, migrant communities, long-distance nationalism, and the complex intersections of diaspora with race, gender, and sexuality. It situates the term diaspora as it has emerged historically, attending to contestations of the term and its relevance in negotiating the contours of various debates and concerns about migration and displacement. In reviewing some of the major developments in diaspora studies, the chapter provides close readings of several key texts that have emerged as canonical in the field of diaspora studies. Finally, the chapter examines connections between diaspora studies and feminist inquiry, surveying some of the major works that have emerged in the field, thus making it possible to see that diaspora functions multiply as an analytic as well as a descriptive category.

Keywords: diaspora, migration, migrant nationalism, race, long-distance nationalism, transnationalism, gender, sexuality, women, queerness

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