Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 10:23:08 -0600

[Jeanine Klaver <J.F.I.Klaver@FRW.UVA.NL> writes:]

Dear fellow list-members,

I am working on a paper about the relations between (nation-) states and their diasporic/ transnational communities, specifically focusing on Mexico and other Central American countries and their transnational/ diasporic communities in the U.S.. Most literature I have found so far either seems to focus on questions of identity formation in these transnational communities or on the challenges the presence of the communities poses for the receiving societies. I have found very little substantial studies on the attitudes and responses of sending societies towards these transnational communities. I am particularly interested in hearing about studies that problematize in a more abstract way the relations between nation- states and diasporas; how does the existence of these communities conflict with our traditional idea about the nation-state and what efforts do sending states make to deal with this? Suggestions for literature on any part of the world are very welcome. Replies can be send to the list or to me direct. I appreciate you help!

Jeanine Klaver

Department of Human Geography

University of Amsterdam

Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 12:56:32 -0600

1) [Zaragosa Vargas <vargas@HUMANITAS.UCSB.EDU> writes:] Jeanine Klaver: The literature (in English and Spanish) on nation-states and their diasporic/ transnational communitiesis apropos to Mexico is considerable. Your best bet is to contact UC MEXUS, the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States. UC MEXUS can connect you with researchers at UC and Mexican institutions who are working on issues directly related to your specific interest. Contact: Juan-Vicente Palerm, Director/3324 Olmstead Hall/University of California, Riverside/Riverside, California 92521/Ph.: 909.787.3519/Fax:


Zaragosa Vargas


UC-Santa Barbara


2) [Kira Litvin <kiralit@BGNET.BGSU.EDU> writes:]

You may want to look at Paul Gilroy's work.

Kira Litvin

American Culture Studies



3) [ Patrick O'Sullivan <P.OSullivan@BRADFORD.AC.UK> writes:]

Dear Jeanine Klaver,

I would suggest that you look at the work of Robin Cohen, starting with Global Diasporas: An Introduction.

I am searching for a Web review somewhere, to share with the Irish-Diaspora list. But I have found this publisher's blurb...

* What is a diaspora? For the Greeks, from whose language the word

* originated, diaspora meant the dispersal of population

* through colonization. For Jews, Africans, Armenians, and others, the

* word acquired a more sinister and brutal meaning.

* Diaspora meant a collective trauma, a banishment into exile, and a

* heart-aching longing to return home. During the early

* modern period, trade and labor diasporas girded the mercantilist and

* early capitalist worlds. Today the term has changed

* again, often implying a positive and ongoing relationship between

* migrants' homelands and their places of work and settlement.


* In this perceptive and arresting analysis, Robin Cohen illuminates the

* changing meanings of diaspora and the contemporary

* diasporic condition. This volume serves to introduce a major new series,

* Global Diasporas, which will prove essential for

* students of race, ethnicity, nationalism, and comparative politics.


* Robin Cohen is professor of sociology at the University of Warwick. The

* most recent of his many books is Frontiers of

* Identity: The British and the Others

The themes you outline are meat and drink to Irish Diaspora Studies - so you might want to look at my own series, The Irish World Wide. Outlines and other material can be found at our Web site...

Irish Diaspora Studies There is also a major ESRC research programme on 'transnational communities' about to begin here in Britain.

Patrick O'Sullivan

Head of the Irish Diaspora Research Unit

Department of Interdisciplinary Human Studies

University of Bradford.

Irish Diaspora Studies

Date: Mon, 9 Mar 1998 14:30:56 -0600

[Jan Rosin <> writes:]

Dear Jeanine:

Here are a few ideas and key words to help work the databases:

There has been a history of the Mexican government trying to protect its citizens in the United States which goes back for almost a century. Discussions of the "Bracero Program" would provide hints at this tension with the immigrant home nation.

Also, in recent sociological and economic analyses there has been discussion of the importance of "foreign remittances" to home economies; i.e. Mexico and Central America.

Another recent issue that has come to the fore in the United States is whether or not Mexico would change their citizenship laws to allow for "dual citizenship" for their immigrants in both Mexico and the United States. This issue has especially resonated in the state of California, which could end up with a significant portion of its electorate having dual citizenship and possible divided loyalties.

Some Mexican and American social science scholars have developed a new literature on the "borderlands" which seems to really question the entire concept of a fixed border and the attendant concept of national sovereignty. They stress the existence of a wide zone of interaction.

I also recommend that you investigate the law literature of the United States (you have to get access to law databases and law journals). There has been a great deal of excellent discussion within the American legal community about the eroding concepts of the nation state and citizenship.


Jan S. Rosin "The more history one knows, the better

University of Houston one understands the options."

JRosin@UH.EDU Richard E. Neustadt and Ernest R. May