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Professor Robin Cohen

Robin Cohen is an ESRC Professorial Research Fellow and has been associated with the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation in various capacities since its inception. He is editor of the Routledge Press series on Global diasporas and of the Cambridge survey of world migration (1995). His books include Endgame in South Africa? (1986); The new helots: migrants in the international division of labour (1987, 2003); Contested domains: debates in international labour studies (1991); Frontiers of identity: the British and the others (1994), Global diasporas: an introduction (1997, 1999, 2001, 2004) and Migration and its enemies (2006). With Paul Kennedy he is co-author of a widely-used and translated textbook Global sociology (co-author, 2000, 2001 rev. ed. 2007). He has edited or co-edited 18 further volumes. His major work has been translated into French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish.

He served as President of the Global Studies Association, 2004-7

With Ali Rogers and Steve Vertovec, he edits the journal Global Networks

His current research is on:

  • Mixed identities, especially creolization and hybridity
  • International migration
  • Global diasporas
  • Visualising diasporic space (using film and social analysis)

Office Phone +44 (0)24 7657 4736

Free downloadable papers by Robin Cohen:


1. Creolization and Cultural Globalization: the Soft Sounds of Fugitive Power


2. Creolization and Diaspora (2008)

3. Introduction: Conceiving Cosmopolitanism (with Steven Vertovec)

4. Four Cosmopolitan Moments (with Robert Fine)

5. Solid, Ductile and Liquid: Changing Notions of Homeland and Home in Diaspora Studies

Second Edition of Global Sociology (2007).
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See the book’s companion website

Second Edition of Global Diasporas: an Introduction (2008)


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Creole Social and Cultural Studies website



Second Edition out Jan 2007

Creole Studies