|Chapter title||The concept as frame: How the notion of diaspora has reshaped migration studies|
|Editors||Leurs, K., Smets, K., Georgiou, , M., Witteborn, S. and Gajjala, R.|
The chapter traces the career of the concept of diaspora since its inception and early usage in the 1980s to date and attempts to examine its role as a (re)framing tool in the context of the study of migration. It is argued that the notion of diaspora shifted the ways immigration was conventionally looked at by economists and policy makers at the time of the post-war take off of the European and transatlantic economies. Its impacts, it will be suggested, were manifold: the diasporic turn shifted interest from seeing migrants as temporary (an effect of the guest worker mentality of the post WWII era) to looking at migrant communities as durable social phenomena, made it possible to examine the complex web of interactions among migrants locally and transnationally, allowed social scientists to focus on the social experiences that created and sustained different migrant networks and communities and it challenged the ethnocentrist implicit in earlier migration studies.
|Keywords||diaspora, migration, transnationality, connectivity|
|Book title||Handbook of Media and Migration|