Political Science | Diaspora and Development
Y673 | 9867 | Sawyer


The study of diaspora and patterns of interactions within and among
diasporic communities, homelands and hostlands have advanced our
understanding of concepts of identity and community and of patterns
of collective action in a range of human endeavors. This course will
explore the concept of diaspora, address issues related to the
construction of diasporic identity in various settings and examine
the nature, form and impact of governance and development
interventions in homelands, hostlands and among diasporic
communities. Using the analytic tools of institutional analysis, the
course will examine the interactions among diasporic communities,
hostlands and homelands at local, national and regional levels as
pertaining to household and family wellbeing, community and national
development and regional cooperation. In this respect, it will seek
to deepen understanding of how such communities organize for
collective action to provide collective goods and will focus
substantively on economic interventions (remittances), political and
social advocacy, cultural transformation and on how these are shaping
governance and development theories and practices.