Migration and Diaspora Reading List

Migration & Diaspora Reading List

Theoretical Approaches to Migration & Diaspora

  1. Curtin, Philip D. Death by Migration: Europe’s Encounter with the Tropical World in the Nineteenth Century.
  2. Jackson, James H and Leslie Page Moch. “Migration and the Social History of Modern Europe” Historical Methods (1989): 27-36
  3. Diner, Hasia. “History and the Study of Immigration: Narratives of the Particular” in Brettell and Hollifeld Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines
  4. Nugent, Walter. Crossings: The Great Transatlantic Migrations, 1870-1914 Bloomington: Indiana UP
  5. Ewa T. Morawska, A sociology of immigration : (re)making multifaceted America (2009)
  6. Xiang, Biao, Brenda S. A Yeoh, and Mika Toyota. Return: Nationalizing Transnational Mobility in Asia, 2013.***
  7. Anderson, Wanni W, and Robert G Lee. Displacements and Diasporas Asians in the Americas. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2005.
  8. Selected articles from Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies
    1. Safran, William. “Diasporas in Modern Societies: Myths of Homeland and Return.” Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies 1, no. 1 (1991): 83–99.
  9. Jon Stratton, “(Dis)placing the Jews : historicizing the idea of diasporaDiaspora: A Journal of Transatlantic Studies v6n3 (1997) ***
  10. Braziel, Jana Evans, and Anita Mannur. Theorizing Diaspora: A Reader. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2003.
  11. Oesten Wahlbeck, “The concept of diaspora as an analytical tool in the study of refugee communities” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 28: 2: 221-238 April 2002

 Transnationalism and Diasporas

  1. **Levitt, Peggy, Josh DeWind, and Steven Vertovec. 2003. “International Perspectives on Transnational Migration: An Introduction.” International Migration Review 37(3): 565-575.
  2. **Madeline Hsu Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: transnationalism and migration between the US and South China, 1882-1943
  3. Wallerstein, Immanuel. 2004. World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. HN13 .W35 2004
  4. Bloemraad, Irene. 2004. “Who Claims Dual Citizenship? The Limits of Postnationalism, the Possibilities of Transnationalism, and the Persistence of Traditional Citizenship.” International Migration Review 38 (2): 389-426.***
  5. Baumann, Martin “Diaspora: Geneaologies of Semantics and Transcultural Comparison” in Sahoo and Maharaj, eds, Sociology of Diaspora: A Reader
  6. Glick Schiller, Nina and Georges Fouron.. “Transnational Lives and National Identities: The Identity Politics of Haitian Immigrants.” in Transnationalism from Below, edited by M.P. Smith and L.E. Guarnizo. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 1998
  7. Ballinger, Pamela. “Borders and the Rhythms of Displacement, Emplacement and Mobility.” In A Companion to Border Studies, edited by Thomas M. Wilson and Hastings Donnan, 387–404. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2012.***
  8. Khachig Tölölyan,The Nation-State and Its Others: In Lieu of a Preface Diaspora 1:1 (Sp 1991):3-8.
  9. William Brown and Mary Odem, Readings: Living Across Borders: Guatemala Maya Immigrants in the U.S. South at http://www.southernspaces.org/2011/living-across-borders-guatemala-maya-immigrants-us-south


 Ethnicity & Identity (and/or Hybridity)

  1. Sarah M. A. Gualtieri, Between Arab and White: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Syrian American Diaspora (Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press)***
  2. Ira Berlin, The Making of the African Diaspora***
  3. Levitt, P. and M. C. Waters, eds, The Changing Face of Home: The Transnational Lives of the Second Generation New York: Russell Sage. JV6455 .C434 2002
  4. Paul Gilroy, The black Atlantic : modernity and double consciousness (1993)**
  5. Stuart Hall & Mark Sealy, Different: A Historical Context (2001)
  6. Jonathan Rutherford (ed), Identity: Community, Culture, Difference (1990)
  7. Ortiz, Fernando, and Harriet De Onis. Cuban Counterpoint; Tobacco and Sugar. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1947.**
  8. Moya, Jose C. Cousins and Strangers Spanish Immigrants in Buenos Aires, 1850-1930. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.**
  9. Millington, Mark. “Transculturation: Contrapuntal Notes to Critical Orthodoxy.” Bulletin of Latin American Research 26, no. 2 (April 1, 2007): 256–68.***
  10. Nicholas Mirzoeff, Diaspora and Visual Culture: Representing Africans and Jews (Routledge, 1999)

Jewish Diaspora

  1. Daniel Soyer, Jewish Immigrant Associations and American Identity in New York, 1880-1939 (1997)
  2. Rebecca Kobrin, Jewish Bialystok and its Diaspora (2010) **
  3. Boyarin, Jonathan, and Daniel Boyarin. Powers of Diaspora: Two Essays on the Relevance of Jewish Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
  4. Rischin, Moses, and Paul Avrich Collection (Library of Congress). The Promised City: New York’s Jews, 1870-1914. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1962.
  5. Moore, Deborah Dash. At Home in America: Second Generation New York Jews. New York: Columbia University Press, 1981.
  6. Shanes, Joshua. Diaspora Nationalism and Jewish Identity in Habsburg Galicia. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.


 Migration and Labor 

  1. Anna Pegler-Gordon In sight of America: photography and the development of US Immigration Policy***
  2. Ewa T. Morawska, Insecure prosperity : small-town Jews in industrial America, 1890-1940 (1996)
  3. Chin, Rita C-K. The Guest Worker Question in Postwar Germany. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  4. Putnam, Lara. The Company They Kept: Migrants and the Politics of Gender in Caribbean Costa Rica, 1870-1960. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.***
  5. Michael Meng, “Democratic (In)Equalities: Immigration in 20thCentury Western Europe,” in Contemporary European History 21:1 (2013): 139-151.
  6. Terry Easton, “Geographies of Hope and Despair: Atlanta’s African American, Latino, and White Day Laborers,” Southern Spaces http://www.southernspaces.org/2007/geographies-hope-and-despair-atlantas-african-american-latino-and-white-day-laborers
  7. Gregory E. OʹMalley, “Beyond the Middle Passage: Slave Migration from the Caribbean to North America, 1619‐1807,” William and Mary Quarterly 66:1 (2009): 125–172.
  8. Mary E. Frederickson, “Back to the Future: Mapping Workers Across the Global South,” Southern Spaces http://southernspaces.org/2011/back-future-mapping-workers-across-global-south


Europeans on the Move

Internal (within Europe)

  1. **Nick Baron and Peter Gatrell, eds. Homelands: War, Population and Statehood in Eastern Europe and Russia, 1918-1924 (Anthem Press, 2004)***
  2. Gatrell, Peter. A Whole Empire Walking Refugees in Russia during World War I. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1999.
  3. Randolph, John, and Eugene M Avrutin. Russia in Motion: Cultures of Human Mobility since 1850, 2012.
  4. Baron, Nick, and Peter Gatrell. Homelands: War, Population and Statehood in Eastern Europe and Russia, 1918-1924. London: Anthem Press, 2004.
  5. Gatrell, Peter, and Nick Baron. Warlands: Population Resettlement and State Reconstruction in the Soviet-East European Borderlands, 1945-50. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
  6. Buckley, Cynthia J, Blair A Ruble, and Hofmann. Migration, Homeland, and Belonging in Eurasia. Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Md.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press ; Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
  7. Ther, Philipp, and Ana Siljak. Redrawing Nations: Ethnic Cleansing in East-Central Europe, 1944-1948. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001.
  8. Uehling, Greta Lynn. Beyond Memory the Crimean Tatars’ Deportation and Return. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
  9. Schönwälder, Karen, Rainer Ohliger, and Triadafilos Triadafilopoulos. European Encounters: Migrants, Migration, and European Societies since 1945. Aldershot, Hants, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2003.

External (elsewhere)

  1. James Melton, From Alps to Lowcountry: Confession, Community, and Slavery on a Southern Colonial Frontier (Cambridge University Press; forthcoming).
  2. Morawska, Ewa T. For Bread with Butter: The Life-Worlds of East Central Europeans in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1890-1940. Cambridge [Cambridgeshire]; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985.


Diaspora & the Homeland 

  1. Daniel Soyer, Jewish Immigrant Associations and American Identity in New York, 1880-1939 (1997)
  2. The Call of the Homeland: Diaspora Nationalisms, Past and Present. Ed. Allon Gal, Athena S. Leoussi, and Anthony D. Smith. Leiden: Brill, 2010
    1. Part I, “Charting the Historical Experience and Theoretical Frontiers of Diaspora Nationalisms,” includes articles by Anthony D. Smith, Khachig Tölölyan, and Chantal Bordes-Benayoun.
  3. Jacobson, Matthew Frye. Special Sorrows: The Diasporic Imagination of Irish, Polish, and Jewish Immigrants in the United States. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995.
  4. Rogers Brubaker, “Accidental Diasporas and External ‘Homelands’ in Central and Eastern Europe: Past and Present” Institute for Advanced Studies 71 (2000). Available at: http://works.bepress.com/wrb/10


Diaspora/Migration and Language

  1. Shandler, Jeffrey. Adventures in Yiddishland Postvernacular Language & Culture. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.
  2. Goldstein, Eric. “The Politics of Yiddish in Postimmigrant America” in Diner, Hasia R, and Ėstraĭkh. 1929: Mapping the Jewish World, 2013.
  3. Clifford, James. Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late Twentieth Century. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1997.


Migration/Diaspora & Memory

  1. **Maud S. Mandel, In the Aftermath of genocide: Armenians and Jews in 20th-Century France
  2. **Leo Spitzer, Hotel Bolivia: The Culture of Memory is a Refuge from Nazism
  3. Young, James Edward. The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993.
  4. Confino, Alon. Germany as a Culture of Remembrance: Promises and Limits of Writing History. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.
  5. Vecoli, Rudolph J. “Contadini in Chicago: A Critique of The Uprooted.” The Journal of American History 51, no. 3 (December 1, 1964): 404–17.
  6. Boyarin, Jonathan. Polish Jews in Paris: The Ethnography of Memory. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991.
  7. Jacobson, Matthew Frye. Special Sorrows: The Diasporic Imagination of Irish, Polish, and Jewish Immigrants in the United States. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995.


Migration/Diaspora & Gender

  1. Donna R. Gabaccia, From the other side : women, gender, and immigrant life in the U.S., 1820-1990 (1994)
  2. Glenn, Susan A. Daughters of the Shtetl: Life and Labor in the Immigrant Generation. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990.
    1. Alternatively, this could go under Migration & Labor
  3. Hyman, Paula. Gender and Assimilation in Modern Jewish History: The Roles and Representation of Women. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1995.
  4. Christine G. T. Ho, “Caribbean Transnationalism as a Gendered Process.” Latin American Perspectives 26: 5 (1999): 34-54.


Migration/Diaspora & Religion

  1. Orsi, Robert A. The Madonna of 115th Street Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.
  2. Levitt, P. (2007). God Needs No Passport: Immigrants and the Changing American Religious Landscape, New Press.
  3. Levitt, P. (2013). Religion on the Move: Mapping Global Cultural Production and Consumption. Religion on the Edge: De-Centering the Sociology of Religion. C.
  4. Meyer, B. (2010). Pentecostalism and Golobalization. Studying Global Pentecostalism: Theories and Methods. M. B. Allan Anderson, André Droogers, and Cornelis van der Laan. Berkeley and Los Angeles, University of California Press: 113-130.
  5. Csordas, T. J. (2009). Introduction: Modalities of Transnational Transcendence. Transnational Transcendence: Essays on Religion and Globalization. T. J. Csordas. Berkeley; Los Angeles; London, University of California Press: 1-29.
  6. Berkowitz, Michael. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Globalization: Nationalism, Meet Religion.” Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies 16, no. 3 (2007): 431–40.***
  7. Hasan, S. S. Christians versus Muslims in Modern Egypt the Century-Long Struggle for Coptic Equality. Oxford: Oxford University Press, USA, 2003. http://public.eblib.com/EBLPublic/PublicView.do?ptiID=422599.
  8. Hourani, Albert, Nadim Shehadi, and Centre for Lebanese Studies (Great Britain), eds. The Lebanese in the World: A Century of Emigration. London: Centre for Lebanese Studies in association with I.B. Tauris, 1992.
  9. McLoughlin, Sean. “Religion, Religions, and Diasporas.” In A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism, 125–38. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell, 2013.***


Also see: Israel Bartal, David Engel


Forced Migrations

  1. Demshuk, Andrew. The Lost German East: Forced Migration and the Politics of Memory, 1945-1970. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.***
  2. Ther, Philipp, and Ana Siljak. Redrawing Nations: Ethnic Cleansing in East-Central Europe, 1944-1948. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001.
  3. Service, Hugo. Germans to Poles: Communism, Nationalism and Ethnic Cleansing after the Second World War, 2013.

List Provided by Steffi Krull, PhD Student at Emory University

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