1st Edition

Diasporas and Transportation of Homeland Conflicts Inter-group Dynamics and Host Country Responses

Edited By Élise Féron, Bahar Baser Copyright 2024

    This book explores the transformation and reinvention of conflict-generated diaspora groups’ politics in countries of residence. Numerous narratives link diasporas and conflicts: diasporas are seen alternatively as peace wreckers or peace makers, as products of forced migration related to conflicts, or as targets of securitization policies. “Transported conflicts” occurring within and between diasporas in their countries of residence, however, remain relatively underexplored, tend to be misunderstood, and often associated with “criminal” or “terrorist” activities.

    The chapters in this volume draw our attention to various interconnected temporalities explaining patterns of conflict transportation, such as the temps long of diasporic mobilisation, the here and now of what is happening in both host and home countries, and micro-temporalities and diasporans’ life trajectories. Finally, the contributions demonstrate that patterns, shapes and even occurrence of conflict transportation vary according to scale and space. Highly politicized forms of confrontation are not necessarily representative of everyday interactions between diaspora groups, which can entail discrete but tangible forms of cooperation and even solidarity. This edited volume calls for nuancing our approach to the links between diasporas and conflicts, to avoid falling into the essentialisation trap.

    The chapters in this book were originally published in Ethnopolitics.

    Introduction—Diasporas and Transportation of Homeland Conflicts: Inter-group Dynamics and Host-Country Responses

    Élise Féron and Bahar Baser


    1. Pathways to Conflict Transportation and Autonomisation: The Armenian Diaspora and the Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

    Élise Féron and Bahar Baser


    2. Autonomising Conflict: Conflict Transportation in Online Activity among Kurdish and Turkish Diasporas in Denmark

    Cæcilie Svop Jensen


    3. Sri Lankan Diasporas between Participation and Conflict: Intergroup Dynamics in Italy

    Anna Quattrone


    4. Conflicted Identities: Negotiating Belonging among Young People from the Lebanese Diasporas in Montreal

    Bruno Lefort


    5. Diaspora Memory Conflicts: Struggles over Genocide Commemoration, Recognition and Denial

    Camilla Orjuela


    6. Cypriot Youth Views Matter: Comparison of Diaspora and Islander Youth’s Views on Peace

    Cihan Dizdaroğlu


    7. A People In-Between: Examining Indicators of Collective Identity among

    Georgian Azeri-Turks

    Karli-Jo T. Storm


    8. The Awakening of a Latent Diaspora: The Political Mobilization of First and Second Generation Turkish Migrants in Sweden

    Bahar Baser


    9. Identity and Integration of Russian Speakers in the Baltic States: A Framework for Analysis

    Ammon Cheskin


    10. Diasporas, Remittances and State Fragility: Assessing the Linkages

    Brandon Lum, Milana Nikolko, Yiagadeesen Samy and David Carment


    11. Divided Nationhood and Multiple Membership: A Framework for Assessing Kin-State Policies and Their Impact

    Myra A. Waterbury


    Élise Féron is a Docent and Senior Research Fellow at the Tampere Peace Research Institute, Tampere University, Finland.

    Bahar Baser is Associate Professor at Durham University's School of Government and International Affairs, UK.