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The Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics

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ISBN 9781032042787
September 22, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

The Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics examines the various actors within and beyond the state that participate in the design and implementation of diaspora policies, as well as the mechanisms through which are constructed by governments, political parties, diaspora entrepreneurs, or international organisations.

Extheories are often hard-pressed to capture the empirical variation and often end up identifying ‘exceptions’. The multidisciplinary group of contributors in this book theorise these ‘exceptions’ through three interrelatedconceptual moves: first, by focusing onaspects of the relationships between states as well as organised non-state actors and their citizens or co-ethnics abroad (at home - in cases of return migration).Second, by dyads of ‘origin’ states and specific diasporic communities differentiated by time of emigration, place of residence, socio-economic status, migratory status, generation, or skills. Third, migration in its multiple spatial and temporal phases (emigration, immigration, transit, return) and theintersect toconstitute diasporic identitiesand policies. conceptual moves facilitate comparative research and help scholars identify the mechanismsconnecting structural variablewith specific policies by states (and other actors) as well as responsesby the relevant communities.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Unpacking the state and disaggregating the diaspora: The microfoundations of diaspora politics

Alexandra Délano Alonso and Harris Mylonas

2. Explaining the rise of diaspora institutions

Alan Gamlen, Michael E. Cummings and Paul M. Vaaler

3. Where and why can expatriates vote in regional elections? A comparative analysis of regional electoral practices in Europe and North America

Jean-Thomas Arrighi and Jean-Michel Lafleur

4. Competing for the diaspora's influence at home: party structure and transnational campaign activity in El Salvador

Michael Ahn Paarlberg

5. Diaspora policy in weakly governed arenas and the benefits of multipolar engagement: lessons from the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt

Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff

6. Bifurcated homeland and diaspora politics in China and Taiwan towards the Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia

Enze Han

7. The disinterested state: negative diasporic policy as an expression of state inclusion and national exclusion

Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels

8. Foreign policy priorities and ethnic return migration policies: group-level variation in Greece and Serbia

Harris Mylonas and Marko Žilović

9. States and standardisation: constructing the co-ethnic migrant story in Germany

Olga Zeveleva

10. Securing the diasporic ‘self’ by travelling abroad: Taglit-Birthright and ontological security

Yehonatan Abramson

11. ‘We’re not coming from Mars; we know how things work in Morocco!’ How diasporic Moroccan youth resists political socialisation in state-led homeland tours

Rilke Mahieu

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Alexandra Délano Alonso is Associate Professor and Chair of Global Studies at The New School. Her work focuses on diaspora policies, Mexico-US migration, and the politics of memory in relation to borders and violence. Her most recent book is From Here and There: Diaspora Policies, Integration and Social Rights beyond Borders (Oxford University Press, 2018).  

Harris Mylonas’s research contributes to our understanding of states’ management of diversity that may originate from national minorities, immigrants, diasporas, or refugees. He is Associate Professor of Political Science at George Washington University and the editor-in-chief of Nationalities Papers. His most recent book is The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities (Cambridge University Press, 2013).