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Deconstructing diasporic mobilisation at a time of crisis: perspectives from the Palestinian and Greek diasporas

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posted on 01.09.2017 by Elizabeth Mavroudi
This paper focuses on the difficulties that diasporas face in relation to mobilising around helping the homeland at a time of crisis, using qualitative research on the Greek and Palestinian diasporas. Rather than assume that long-distance nationalism, emotional attachment to the homeland and diasporic obligation will galvanise diasporic populations into assisting, and mobilising around, the homeland, the paper argues that those in diasporas do not necessarily help their homelands in times of crisis, even if they have strong socio-cultural connections to it. At times of crisis these feelings are heightened but not do not always translate into direct action; this may especially be the case at times of prolonged crisis when past efforts to help do not seem to have worked. This paper argues that it is often hard for those in diaspora to find meaningful ways to help at a time of crisis and many question the effectiveness of their actions if they do not see positive outcomes over time. The paper demonstrates that trying to help the homeland can therefore be a frustrating process and can make those in diaspora feel distanced and isolated from the homeland due to their inability to find concrete ways to help.

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School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Citation

MAVROUDI, E., 2017. Deconstructing diasporic mobilisation at a time of crisis: perspectives from the Palestinian and Greek diasporas. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 44(8), pp. 1309-1324.

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© Taylor & Francis

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

11/06/2017

Publication date

2017

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on 23 Aug 2017, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2017.1354159

ISSN

1369-183X

eISSN

1469-9451

Language

en

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