Erik Olsson
Erik Olsson

The current issue of Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies (vol. 17, no 3, winter 2008, published summer 2014) is entitled Diasporic Return.

‘In this special issue, we engage with an aspect of return migration which is less covered in the literature both on this specific topic and on diaspora studies more broadly, namely, what happens to people in diaspora when they actually operationalize their return projects. The following five articles have in common a focus on the experiences of diasporic individuals who have been brought up and have socialized in diasporic settings in various host societies and who subsequently relocate to their diasporic homelands,’ write Erik Olsson and Russell King in their introduction to the special issue.

The research projects described in the five articles ask the following questions: how do diasporics cope with their situation as “homecomers” in their respective homelands; how do they navigate the tensions and conflicts between their upbringing and previous social life in host-society cultures, on the one hand, and the realities of everyday life in the ancestral homeland, on the other?

Read the full issue here (available to Stockholm University Library card holders).

Find out more about Erik Olsson’s research.

Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies is dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of the history, culture, social structure, politics and economics of both the traditional diasporas – Armenian, Greek, and Jewish – and those transnational dispersions which in the past three decades have chosen to identify themselves as ‘diasporas.’ These encompass groups ranging from the African-American to the Ukrainian-Canadian, from the Caribbean-British to the new East and South Asian diasporas.