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Prof Robin Cohen

Professor Emeritus of Development Studies and Prinicpal Investigator, Oxford Diasporas Programme

Robin Cohen is Emeritus Professor and Former Director of the International Migration Institute, University of Oxford.

He has held full professorships at the Universities of the West Indies and Warwick and taught also at the Universities of Ibadan, Birmingham, Stanford, Toronto and Berkeley. He served as Dean of Humanities at the University of Cape Town (2001/3) and directed the nationally designated UK Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at Warwick (1985/9).

His books include Labour and Politics in Nigeria (1974, rev. 1982), Endgame in South Africa? (1986), The New Helots: Migrants in the International Division of Labour (1987, 1993, 2003), Contested Domains: Debates in International Labour Studies (1991), Frontiers of Identity: The British and the Others (1994), Global Diasporas: An Introduction (1997, rev. 2008, 2012), Global Sociology (co-author, 2000, rev. 2007) and Migration and its Enemies (2006). He has edited or co-edited 20 further volumes, particularly on the sociology and politics of developing areas, ethnicity, international migration, transnationalism and globalisation. His major works have been translated into Danish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish.

He is principal investigator on the Oxford Diasporas Programme funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2011–15).

ODID Research Students supervised

Books and Monographs

Cohen, Robin (with G Jonsson) (eds) (2011) Migration and Culture, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Cohen, Robin (with P Toninato) (2009) The Creolization Reader: Studies in Mixed Identities and Cultures, London and New York: Routledge

Cohen, Robin (2008) Global Diasporas: An Introduction, London and New York: Routledge

Cohen, Robin (with P Kennedy) (2007) Global Sociology, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Cohen, Robin (2006) Migration and its Enemies: Global Capital, Migrant Labour and the Nation State, Aldershot: Ashgate

Cohen, Robin (2003) The New Helots: Migrants in the International Division of Labour, Reprinted Aldershot: Ashgate

Cohen, Robin (with S Vertovec) (eds) (2002) Conceiving Cosmopolitanism: Theory, Context and Practice, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press

Cohen, Robin (2001) Global Diasporas: An Introduction, New Routledge edition

Journal Articles and Special Issues

Cohen, Robin (2010) 'Cinematic Representations of Diaspora: Italians and Jews', Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture 1(1): 5-23

Cohen, Robin (2007) 'Creolization and cultural globalization: The soft sounds of fugitive power', Globalizations 4(3): pp 369-384

Cohen, Robin (2006) 'Introduction: From Fear to Solidarity', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 32(4): pp 561-7

Cohen, Robin (2006) 'Migration and Health in Southern Africa', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 32(4): pps 181

Cohen, Robin (2005) 'La liberte de circulation de devises et de personnes: les debats avant et apres le 11 Septembre 2001', Migrations Societe 27(102): pp 45-69

Cohen, Robin (2004) 'Il mondo delle diaspore ci fa paura', Reset (Rome) 84: pp 75-78

Cohen, Robin (2004) 'Quella ebraica, madre di tutti le diaspore', Reset (Rome) 82: pp 44-48

Cohen, Robin (2004) 'Chinese Cockle-Pickers, the Transnational Turn and Everyday Cosmopolitanism: Reflections on the New Global Migrants', Labour, Capital and Society 37(2): pp 130-49

Cohen, Robin (2003) 'Crossing the Line. Migration: The End of Borders', Index on Censorship 32(2): 60-9

Chapters

Cohen, Robin (2010) 'Social Identities, Diaspora and Creolization'. In K Knott, S McLoughlin (eds) Diasporas: Concepts, Identities, Intersections, London: Zed Books

Cohen, Robin (2009) 'The Creolization Debate: Analysing Mixed Identities and Cultures'. In R Cohen, P Toninato (eds) The Creolization Reader: Studies in Mixed Indentites, London and New York: Routledge: pps 1-22

Cohen, Robin (2009) 'Solid, Ductile and Liquid: The Changing Role of Homeland and Home in Diaspora Studies'. In Y Sternberg, EB Rafael (eds) Transnationalism: Diasporas and the Advents of a New Dis(order), Leiden: Brill

Cohen, Robin (2007) 'Diasporas: Changing Meanings and Limits of the Concept'. In W Berthomiere, C Chivallon (eds) Les diasporas dan le monde, Contemporain Paris: Karthala and Maison des Ciences de l'Homme (Bordeaux Pessac): pp 39-48

Cohen, Robin (2005) 'Reti di migranti transnazionali'. In M Tirabassi (ed) Itinera: paradigmi delle migrazioni italiane, Turin: Edizioni della Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli: 21-42

Cohen, Robin (2005) 'Preface'. In Chan Kwok Bun (ed) Migration, Ethnic Relations and Chinese Business, London: Routlege: xi-xii

Cohen, Robin (2005) 'Diaspora, the Nation State and Globalization'. In B Mazlish, A Iriye (eds) The Global History Reader, New York: Routledge: pp 92-103

Cohen, Robin (2003) 'Preface'. Global Diasporas: An Introduction (Greek Edition), Athens: 21-4

Cohen, Robin (with S Vertovec) (2002) 'Introduction: Conceiving Cosmopolitanism'. In S Vertovec, R Cohen (eds) Conceiving Cosmopolitanism: Theory, Context and Practice, Oxford: Oxford University Press: pp 1-22

Cohen, Robin (with R Fine) (2002) 'Four Cosmopolitan Moments'. In S Vertovec, R Cohen (eds) Conceiving Cosmopolitanism: Theory, Context and Practice, Oxford: Oxford University Press: 137-62

Cohen, Robin (2001) 'Labour in an Age of Global Insecurity'. In B Harriss-White (ed) Globaliszation and Insecurity: Political, Economic and Physical Challenges, Basingstoke: Palgrave: pp 203-17

Cohen, Robin (2001) 'Fuzzy Frontiers of Identity: The British Case'. In H Goulbourne (ed) Race and Ethnicity: Critical Concepts in Sociology Vol 2 Solidarities and Communities, London: Routlege

Cohen, Robin (2001) 'European and East-West Migration in a Global Context'. In M Cross (ed) The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Cohen, Robin (2001) 'Diaspora'. In NJ Smelser, P B Baltes (eds) International Encyclopaedia of the Social and Behavioural Sciences, Oxford: Pergamon: pp 3642-5


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