Diaspora refers to a group of people that has dispersed transnationally from a specific homeland, usually for a distinct reason such as war, poverty, or religious conflict. Although traditional definitions emphasized the forced displacement of such communities (diaspora as victims), typologies that emerged in the 1990s refer to various processes of dispersal, the communities that are dispersed, experiences of dispersion, as well as cultural expressions following from it. The concept has become a critical space for reflections about how media relate to modernism, globalization, human mobility, and global inequalities. This entry examines conceptualizations of diaspora, the development and use of diaspora research in the media and communication studies fields, and ethical considerations that may arise in diaspora research.
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