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      Bloody Diaspora Theory for the Twenty-First Century: African and Asian Heritage Migrants Return

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      Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies
      University of Toronto Press Inc. (UTPress)

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          First, I begin by interrogating why blood as kinship, ethnicity, nationality, identity, etc., has been so clinically removed from so much Humanities-oriented poststructuralist and postcolonial diaspora theory, rendering it both bloodless and hostile towards the notion of a return to an ethnic homeland. Second, I analyze policies based on the “migration-development nexus” promoted by organizations like the World Bank with its reliance on a conception of bloody roots and an enduring ethnic homeland that is both essentialist and static. To point out the limitations of these theories, I examine some recent frontier heritage migrations in which Asian and African diasporic elites raised in Euro-America are “returning” to their ethnic homelands. Finally, I attempt to lay out some of the parameters of a more fluid, supple theory of diaspora for the twenty-first century that explores blood as an analytic tool that takes into account not only mobile yet bloody identities but also mutable places, dynamic economic change, and new forms of spatiotemporality. In other words, returning to the homeland is not what it used to be, hence new constructions of blood identification are now possible.

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                Journal
                Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies
                Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies
                University of Toronto Press Inc. (UTPress)
                1044-2057
                1911-1568
                April 01 2019
                April 01 2019
                : 20
                : 2
                : 123-144
                Affiliations
                [1 ]University of the Witwatersrand
                Article
                10.3138/diaspora.20.2.001
                678b7347-6e64-4cfd-9fc6-462df19591d2
                © 2019
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