Diasporas through Anthropological Lenses: Contexts of Postmodernity

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Hershberg’s assertion, back in the early 1970s, that “the Age of Aquarius is being replaced by the age of Ethnicity” (1) remained appropriate for almost two decades, as many anthropologists and other social scientists followed the intellectual agenda encapsulated in this catchphrase. In the early 1990s, however, the study of cultural groups seemed to veer toward a study of diasporas, and “diasporic language appear [ed] to be replacing, or at least supplementing, minority discourse” (Clifford, “Diasporas” 311; see also Anthias, Demetriou. The founding of this journal—Diaspora—in 1991 also exemplifies that shift in interest, which remains current.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-157
Number of pages21
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000


  • Anthropologists
  • Anthropology
  • Armenians
  • Capital levy
  • Communities
  • Cultural groups
  • Cultural relativism
  • Cultural resources
  • Cultural values
  • Diaspora
  • Disintegration
  • Epistemology
  • Ethnicity
  • Ethnography
  • Fieldwork
  • Groups
  • Identification
  • Identity
  • Inclination
  • Levy
  • André
  • Paradoxes
  • Pattie
  • Susan Paul.
  • Susan Paul
  • Postmodernism
  • Poststructuralism
  • Rebuilding
  • Relativism
  • Scientists
  • Sociocultural factors
  • Stress
  • Studies
  • Vulnerability


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