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1st Edition

Diaspora Organizations in International Affairs

ISBN 9781032254531
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
222 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Analyzing the role and impact of Diaspora Organizations (DOs) in International Relations (IR), this interdisciplinary volume provides empirical accounts of their work across Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East.

Over the last three decades, DOs have increased in number, spread to new regions, and addressed an ever-widening array of global problems, yet they have not received sufficient attention in IR in spite of the inter- and transnational nature of their involvements.

Contributions explore important topics such as:

  • The role of DOs in cooperation and conflict and in change and stability;
  • DOs as transnational organizations and their degree of autonomy and power within the networks in which they operate; and 
  • The changing roles of DOs vis-à-vis states, regimes, and international organizations, when dealing with issues as diverse as peace, conflict, migration, integration, development, humanitarian action, human rights, religion, and economic growth.

Demonstrating how IR can benefit from a stronger focus on DOs, this book will also help other disciplines gain insights into DOs and will prove useful to those in the fields of international relations, sociology, geography and anthropology.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Studying Diaspora Organizations in International Affairs

Dennis Dijkzeul and Margit Fauser

1 Capacities and Constraints: Pakistani Diaspora Organizations in Toronto and New York City

Ali R. Chaudhary & Luis Eduardo Guarnizo

2 Transnational Networks for Portable Migrant Labor Rights in North America

Xóchitl Bada & Shannon Gleeson

3 Diaspora Organizations and Citizenship

Nicholas R. Micinski

4 A Roller Coaster of Policy Shifts: Ghanaian Diaspora Organizations Navigating Dutch Migration and Development Policies

Gery Nijenhuis

5 Bringing International Relations and Organizational Sociology to Diaspora Studies: Kurdish and Syrian Diaspora Organizations in Germany

Zeynep Sezgin

6 Keeping the Faith? Examining the Roles of Faith and Secularism in Syrian Diaspora Organizations in Lebanon

Estella Carpi & Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

7 Conflict and Peacebuilding

Danielle A. Zach

Conclusions: What is the Relevance of DOs for IR Theory and Research?

Dennis Dijkzeul, Margit Fauser & Rafael Bohlen

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Dennis Dijkzeul is Professor of Conflict and Organization Research at the Social Science School and the Institute of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.

Margit Fauser is Professor of Migration, Transculturality and Internationalization at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.