Diaspora as translation and decolonisation

By Ipek Demir

Diaspora as translation and decolonisation


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3468-4
  • Pages: 176
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: February 2022
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Migration, immigration & emigration, Social Theory, Migration, immigration & emigration, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization, SOCIAL SCIENCE / General, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration, Society & social sciences / Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies, Society & social sciences / Globalization, Society & social sciences / Social theory
  • Series: Theory for a Global Age


This innovative study engages critically with existing conceptualisations of diaspora, arguing that if diaspora is to have analytical purchase, it should illuminate a specific angle of migration or migrancy. To reveal the much-needed transformative potential of the concept, the book looks specifically at how diasporas undertake translation and decolonisation. It offers various conceptual tools for investigating diaspora, with a specific focus on diasporas in the Global North and a detailed empirical study of the Kurdish diaspora in Europe. The book also considers the backlash diasporas of colour have faced in the Global North.


'With a focus on the distinct but related concepts of translation and decolonisation, this book provides a novel approach to the study of diaspora. Here diaspora is understood as a transnational intervention producing spatial and temporal connections that critique nation-centric discourses and practices. Theoretically embedded, it is a rich empirical analysis of the Kurdish diaspora in Europe. An original contribution to the field of diaspora studies.'
Avtar Brah, Professor Emerita, Birkbeck College, University of London

'This book decisively shifts the focus from what diasporas are to what they do. While primarily focusing on the intriguing case of the Kurds, the author powerfully demonstrates how diasporas create new identities and shape the processes of decolonisation. In so doing, they transform a group's consciousness and trajectory.'
Robin Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Development Studies, University of Oxford


1 Theories of diaspora and their limitations
2 Diaspora as translation
3 Diaspora as decolonisation: 'making a fuss' in diaspora and in the homeland
4 Translations and decolonisations of the Kurdish diaspora
5 Backlash to diaspora in the Global North


Ipek Demir is Professor of Diaspora Studies at the University of Leeds

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