Diaspora: Its Impact in History, Culture and Politics


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Diaspora: Its Impact in History, Culture and Politics
While the idea of diaspora originates in the experience of the Jewish people in exile (Harris 11), the term has since been applied to a number of different migrations of peoples in the modern era. The most prominent of these has been the enslavement and transport of millions of individuals of African origin to the Americas during the era of European imperialism (Harris 12). It should also be noted, however, that the term diaspora has been widely applied to other “voluntary” migrations when desperate economic, political or environmental conditions in a homeland drive populations in exile. Examples of such diasporas include that of the Irish, peoples from the Indian subcontinent, and...
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.....esent relevance to the formation of local, national and international order in the twenty-first century.
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