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A Reexamination Of The Main Theoretical Approaches To The Study Of Diasporas And Their Applicability To The Jewish Diaspora

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This chapter presents a critical reexamination of two main theoretical and analytical approaches to the study of &t;transnational communities&t; and &t;transstate diasporas.&t; More specifically, the purpose is to reexamine these approaches' comparative relevance and contribution to a better understanding of the general and specific people's dispersal phenomena, and their possible application to the Jewish diasporas. The chapter considers these approaches by discussing their theoretical, analytical, empirical and practical aspects. The main argument of the chapter is that great significance should be attributed to ethnonational identities, the background and the connections between various dispersed persons and entities and their actual or perceived ethnonational homelands.

Keywords: Jewish entity; transstate diaspora



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