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Deconstructing And Reconstructing “Diaspora”: A Study In Socio-Historical Semantics

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This chapter is of twofold. First, the chapter tries to dissipate two widely-diffused mistakes about the origins and meaning of &t;diaspora&t;, often considered (1) to have primarily been used in the Ancient Greek context of colonization; and (2) to be indiscriminately linked to the Hebrew word &t;galuth&t; (exile, captivity). Second, after briefly sketching the historical evolution of the word, insisting on how meanings pile up rather than merely succeed each other, the chapter shows, relying on the Jewish and Black/African cases, how important it may be to pay attention to this cohabitation of meanings.

Keywords: Black/African case; diaspora; galuth



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