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Paper Title: THEORIZING COMPARATIVE DIASPORAS: A CRITICAL MATERIALIST APPROACH
Author: STEPHEN BRIGHTON (University of Maryland)   
Date/Time: Thu., 8:00 AM
Co-Author(s): STEPHEN BRIGHTON (University of Maryland) 
Abstract: Diaspora is a contested term because of its connotation of victimization. Once it was used to define the history of Jewish dispersal. Today the term diaspora is employed in reference to numerous immigrant or migrant groups. The applicability of the word has come into question because of its overuse labeling international movement. Currently, the study of diasporic groups in anthropology is moving in a new direction striving to reposition and rethink the meaning and use of the term. In this context the importance rests with working on larger scales of reference illuminating patterns or commonalities amongst diasporic groups. In archaeology the term is not employed critically however, but is simply viewed as epiphenomenal. This a-theoretical structure downplays