The awakening of a latent diaspora: the political mobilization of first and second generation Turkish migrants in Sweden

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This paper explores how political developments in a host country catalyse the awakening of a latent diaspora and lead to the activation of a transnational community that previously consisted of loose and scattered networks. It also draws attention to the generational continuation of identity politics in a diaspora context through analysing a second generation's abrupt interest in homeland politics. By using the Turkish community in Sweden as a case study and by basing its main arguments on extensive research and fieldwork, it suggests that inter-diaspora rivalries and group competition may help to gain a better understanding of the interest that diasporans show in the promotion of homeland politics. It also suggests that although the diasporic discourses are based on contested political issues in their home country, the framing process takes place with regards to the host country context. The paper suggests that there were two significant transformative and triggering factors in Sweden that motivated the Turkish diaspora to participate actively in efforts to affect policymaking mechanisms in Sweden: Kurdish diaspora activism in general and the passage of the Armenian Genocide Bill by the Swedish Parliament on 11 March 2010. Publisher statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethnopolitics on 12th March 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17449057.2014.894175
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-376
JournalEthnopolitics: Formerly Global Review of Ethnopolitics
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2014

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethnopolitics on 12th March 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17449057.2014.894175

Keywords

  • diaspora
  • Turkey

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