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The Dispersion : A History of the Word Diaspora

Abstract : In The Dispersion, Stéphane Dufoix skillfully traces how the word "diaspora", first coined in the third century BCE, has, over the past three decades, developed into a contemporary concept often considered to be ideally suited to grasping the complexities of our current world. Spanning two millennia, from the Septuagint to the emergence of Zionism, from early Christianity to the Moravians, from slavery to the defence of the Black cause, from its first scholarly uses to academic ubiquity, from the early negative connotations of the term to its contemporary apotheosis, Stéphane Dufoix explores the historical socio-semantics of a word that, perhaps paradoxically, has entered the vernacular while remaining poorly understood.
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Stéphane Dufoix. The Dispersion : A History of the Word Diaspora. Brill, 2016, 978-90-04-32692-7. ⟨hal-01638696⟩



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