The Jewish Diaspora in a Comparative and Theoretical Perspective

@article{Safran2005TheJD,
  title={The Jewish Diaspora in a Comparative and Theoretical Perspective},
  author={William Safran},
  journal={Israel Studies},
  year={2005},
  volume={10},
  pages={36 - 60}
}
FOR MANY GENERATIONS, THE PHENOMENON of Diaspora was dealt with only in connection with the Jews. Thus, the entry on "Diaspora" in the Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences published in 1937 was by Simon Dubnow, the prominent scholar of Jewish history.' With few exceptions, political scientists and historians ignored it, including those who focused on nationalism and ethnicity.2 The reason was simple: diaspora referred to a very specific case-that of the exile of the Jews from the Holy Land and… Expand
Social Studies Vol . 9 No . 3 NEGOTIATING A DIASPORIC IDENTITY : THE JEWS IN THESSALONIKI
Since the ancient times, Jews used to be in a diasporic situation. While embracing new elements, being in and out of their borders, in and out of their communities and regarding social, political andExpand
Activism as Engine: Jewish Internationalism, 1880s–1980s
This essay proposes what may seem to some an outlandish idea, namely that the emergence of modern Jewish internationalism had little to do with conceptions of nationhood or even Judaism. It was not aExpand
Rewriting the Diaspora: Images of Eastern Europe in the Bialystok Landsmanshaft Press, 1921-45
Jews are often summoned as the model diasporic group in the academy, but few understand how the concept of diaspora actually informed Jewish immigrant identity in early-twentieth-century America.Expand
Is There a Distinct Israeli Diaspora? Impact of Temporal Sociopolitical Circumstances on the Formation of Diaspora Groups
The initial motivation for the current research stems from the inability of existing definitions of diaspora groups to distinguish between former Israelis and longtime diaspora Jews, despite apparentExpand
‘Am Yisrael Chai! (The Nation of Israel Lives!)’: Stark Reminders of Home in the Reproduction of Ethno-Diasporic Identity
The transnationalism literature has redefined the concept of diaspora, claiming it to be de-rooted, de-centred and detached from the nation-state rhetoric of ‘one nation, one land’, primordialExpand
Toward a Multisited Ethnography of the Zimbabwean Diaspora in Britain
Classical diaspora scholars have constructed diasporic identities in essentialistic and unitary fashion, with phrases like the “Jewish identity,” “Palestinian identity,” and “Irish identity” denotingExpand
Jews in the United States and Israel: A Comparative Look upon Israel’s 70th Anniversary
The creation of the State of Israel 70 years ago was a tectonic turning point in modern Jewish history. It was followed by dramatic changes in world Jewry’s patterns of geographic distribution,Expand
Jewish philanthropy and Jewish credit cooperatives in Eastern Europe and Palestine up to 1939: A transnational phenomenon?
At the end of the nineteenth century, and more pronouncedly between the two World Wars, Jews in Eastern Europe created wide networks of credit cooperatives, which at their peak supported about aExpand
NEW SPHERES OF TRANSNATIONAL FORMATIONS: MOBILIZATIONS OF HUMANITARIAN DIASPORAS
The subject of this article is the reinscription of a new diaspora in the public sphere by which governments and multilateral institutions are mobilizing. The following argues that these kinds ofExpand
The masquerade : Indian Punjabi Sikh women and the renegotiation of boundaries and body identity in Australia
This thesis argues that Sikh women in Australia experience the burden of protecting the cultural traditions of their religious group. Here an analysis is made of their attempt to construct a newExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 52 REFERENCES
Rethinking 'Babylon' : iconoclastic conceptions of the diasporic experience
The word ‘diaspora’ is closely associated with enslavement, exile and loneliness. A people is seen to be scattered as a result of a traumatic historical event. Contrary to this assumption, a closerExpand
From the Nation-State to the Transnational World: On the Meaning and Usefulness of Diaspora as a Concept
I read Khachig Tölölyan's article when it first appeared in Diaspora in 1996, but, as I was working on an altogether different subject at the time, I forgot about it. I wrote the main argument of theExpand
Mobilized and Proletarian Diasporas
Using an exchange model, this article examines two ethnic groups, mobilized and proletarian diasporas, in a broad range of modernizing polities. The salient dimensions of myth, communicationsExpand
Reflections on Exile
ions, from terrorism, Communism, Islamic fundamentalism, and instability, to moderation, freedom, stability, and strategic alliances, all of them as unclear as they are both potent and unrefined inExpand
Transnationalism: A New Analytic Framework for Understanding Migration
TLDR
This book argues that a new conceptualization is needed in order to come to terms with the experience and consciousness of this new migrant population, called “transnationalism,” and describes the new type of migrants as transmigrants. Expand
Diaspora: Generation and the Ground of Jewish Identity
Some of the material in this paper is taken from the final chapter of Daniel Boyarin's forthcoming book, A Radical Jew: Paul and the Politics of Identity. Other material is from Jonathan Boyarin'sExpand
Cultural Citizenship as Subject-Making: Immigrants Negotiate Racial and Cultural Boundaries in the United States [and Comments and Reply]
CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY Volume 37, Number 5, December 1996 CI 1996 by The Wenne1-Gren Foundation for Anthropologi~l Research. All rights reserved OOI1-3204/96/370~:-OOO2S3.00 Cultural Citizenship asExpand
State, Nation, National Identity, and Citizenship: France as a Test Case
Since the Revolution of 1789 membership in the French national community has been based, ideally, on a voluntary commitment to the republic and to political values associated with it. The JacobinExpand
Diaspora Politics: At Home Abroad
Preface and acknowledgements Introduction 1. Primary questions and hypotheses 2. Diasporism and diasporas in history 3. A collective portrait of contemporary diasporas 4. Diasporas in numbers 5. TheExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...