The Global Ethiopian Diaspora
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370 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

3 maps and 3 b/w illus.

Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora

Series Vol. Number: 98

Imprint: University of Rochester Press

The Global Ethiopian Diaspora

Migrations, Connections, and Belongings

Edited by Shimelis Bonsa Gulema, Hewan Girma and Mulugeta F. Dinbabo

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A comprehensive historical, geographic, and thematic analysis of the multidimensional and dynamic migration experience of Ethiopians within and beyond Africa.

Ethiopia is one of the largest African sources of transnational migrants, with an estimated two to three million Ethiopians living outside of the home country. This edited collection provides a critical examination of the temporal, spatial, and thematic dimensions of Ethiopian migration, mapping out its scale, scope, and destinations. The thirteen essays here (plus an introduction and conclusion by the volume's editors) offer a discussion of the state of knowledge and current debates on the diaspora and suggest alternative frameworks for interrogating and understanding the Ethiopian migration and diasporic experiences. Key time periods and literatures are identified to study Ethiopian transnational migration, moving from a survey of patterns in pre-twentieth-century Ethiopia and on to changing trajectories in the imperial period and under succeeding postrevolutionary regimes.

Geographically, the contour of the Ethiopian diaspora is outlined, identifying key destinations and patterns of return. In particular, the volume seeks to correct the traditional tendency to conflate the Ethiopian diaspora with North America and Europe by including areas that have long been marginalized, such as inter-Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The objective is not to construct a simple cartography of migration but a critical analysis of national and global issues, policies, trends, and processes that shape the roots and routes of the migration dynamic. Thematically, this book aims to challenge the existing boundaries of Ethiopian migration and diaspora studies and raise important concerns about representation, ghettoization, and perpetuation of inequalities.

Edited by Shimelis Bonsa Gulema, Hewan Girma, and Mulugeta F. Dinbabo. Contributors: Alpha Abebe; Amsale Alemu; Tekalign Ayalew; Kassaye Berhanu-MacDonald; Elizabeth Chacko; Marina de Regt; Mulugeta F. Dinbabo; Peter H. Gebre; Hewan Girma; Mary Goitom; Shimelis Bonsa Gulema; Tesfaye Semela; Nassise Solomon; and Fitsum R. Tedla.
Acknowledgments

Introduction: Transnational Migration and the Making of the Global Ethiopian Diaspora
Shimelis Bonsa Gulema, Hewan Girma, and Mulugeta F. Dinbabo

Part One: Histories and Historiographies of Ethiopian Migration
1. Exhuming the Narrative: Imagining Prince Alemayehu in Ethiopian Diaspora
Amsale Alemu
2. From "Lega Harar" to Adowa to Haile Selassie, the Evocation of Popular and Contested Symbols of Ethiopian Topography, Culture, and History in Self-Representations of Ethiopia and Ethiopians in Canada
Nassise Solomon
3. Young Diasporans of Ethiopian Origin: A Historically Grounded Generation
Alpha Abebe

Part Two: Geographies of Migration: Mapping the Global Ethiopian Diaspora
4. Im/mobile Lives? Ethiopian Domestic Workers in the Middle East
Marina de Regt
5. Ethiopian Diasporas in South Africa: Dynamics of Migration, Opportunities, and Challenges
Mulugeta F. Dinbabo
6. Ethiopians in Australia: Race, Ethnicity, and Othering
Hewan Girma
7. Ethiopian Irregular Migrants to Germany: Trajectory of Voyage and Expectations Reality Gap
Fitsum R. Teddla and Tesfaye Semela
8. Drivers and Patterns of Ethiopian Youth Migration to Global Destinations
Tekalign Ayalew

Part Three: Transnational Experiences: Connections, Disjuncture, and Ambivalent Belongings
9. Mahbereseb: Indigenous Community-Based Mechanisms and Responses that Support and Facilitate the Health and Well-Being of Ethiopian Immigrants in Canada
Mary Goitom
10. Ethiopian Diaspora Philanthropy for Homeland Development: Motivations, Patterns, and Prospects
Elizabeth Chacko and Peter H. Gebre
11. Interrogating Ethiopia: Diaspora, Social Media, and Partisan Discourses
Shimelis Bonsa Gulema
12. Songs of Sidet: An Insight into Ethiopia's Culture of Migration through Song Lyrics Analysis
Hewan Girma
13. Between Worlds: Ethiopian Adoptee Identity
Kassaye Berhanu-MacDonald
Conclusion
Notes on Contributors
Index

SHIMELIS BONSA GULEMA is Associate Professor of Modern African History and Politics at Stony Brook University, NY.

HEWAN GIRMA is Assistant Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC.

MULUGETTA F. DINBABO is Professor of Development Studies at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa.

"The Global Ethiopian Diaspora is a comprehensive scholarly work that offers a refreshingly critical analysis of the nature of modern Ethiopian migration and the making of the global Ethiopian diaspora. It explores its multiple origins, different and constantly evolving trajectories, and complex outcomes. A work of great range and depth, the book will be a useful resource for students, scholars, and professionals studying or interested in the subject of migration and diasporization." Solomon Addis Getahun, Central Michigan University
"A volume of compelling insight and analysis from within the global Ethiopian diaspora. Gulema, Girma, and Dinbabo bring together an outstanding group of diaspora scholars who provide compelling analyses and insights into the complexities and challenges of diaspora intellectual engagement. This impressive volume demonstrates the commitment of the Ethiopian academic diaspora to exploration of its own migration histories, identities, and transnational ties." Jonathan Crush, Balsillie School of International Affairs
"Ethiopia has produced one of contemporary history's most significant and widespread diasporas. This book is a powerful introduction to it. Through its diverse set of contributions-disciplinary, geographic, and thematic-it surfaces the multi-dimensions, tensions, and potentials of the Ethiopian diaspora. It is also a reference point for scholars of the African diaspora and, more importantly, of diasporas writ large. It will serve as an important resource for generations of scholars to come." Loren B. Landau, University of Oxford

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Title Details

370 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

3 maps and 3 b/w illus.

Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora

Series Vol. Number: 98

Imprint: University of Rochester Press