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[Chapter]: Orjuela, C.; "Diaspora Identities and Homeland Politics: Lessons from the Sri Lanka/Tamil Eelam Case"

News: Jun 04, 2012

Orjuela, Camilla (2012): "Diaspora Identities and Homeland Politics: Lessons from the Sri Lanka/Tamil Eelam Case", i Lyons, Terrence and Mandaville, Peter (eds.): Politics from Afar: Transnational Diasporas and Networks. London: Hurst & Company, pp. 91-116.

About the book:

‘An excellent survey of contemporary diaspora political practices which is ideally suited to introduce the empirical dynamics of these practices to a wide academic audience.’ — Dr Ilan Baron, University of Durham

PictureMore than ever, diasporas have a direct impact on the politics of their homelands. Today’s diasporic activists — empowered by new media and the ease of travel afforded by globalisation — engage directly to shape elections and conflicts in distant settings: politics from afar. Drawing on a global range of cases, this groundbreaking volume explores the impact of transnational diaspora politics on development, democratisation, conflict, and the changing nature of citizenship.

The contributors to this collection, representing a variety of disciplinary perspectives and area studies expertise, reveal the diasporic politics shaping the governance of development in Mexico, conflict in Sri Lanka, and elections in Ethiopia among other timely cases. While some predicted that globalisation would usher in a new era of cosmopolitanism, Politics from Afar demonstrates that ethno-nationalism and patron-client relationships are alive and thriving in transnational spaces. Cognisant of the political capital residing in diasporas, homeland governments, opposition political parties, and insurgent groups seek to tap ‘their’ co-nationals abroad to advance development strategies and broader geopolitical agendas. Politics from Afar maps an ambitious theoretical and empirical agenda for the analysis of contemporary diaspora politics.

Terrence Lyons is Assistant Professor in Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. Among his publications are Demilitarizing Politics: Elections on the Uncertain Road to Peace. Peter Mandaville is Associate Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs and Co-Director of George Mason University’s Center for Global Studies. He is most recently the author of Global Political Islam. His current research interests include Islam and globalisation, theories of cosmopolitanism, and global development.



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