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Tas, Latif (2017) 'The Influence of Diaspora Politics on Conflict and Peace: Transnational Activism of Stateless Kurds.' In: Cament, David and Sadjed, Ariane, (eds.), Diaspora as Cultures of Cooperation. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 171-198. (Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship)

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Kurds are the largest stateless ethnic group in the world, and Kurdish diasporas have for many years tried to raise awareness of the Kurds’ situation, both at home and abroad, as well as lobbying for improvements to Kurdish cultural and political rights. Many researchers believe that the diaspora is a safe environment within which “long-distance nationalists” are created and organised. This chapter explores the potential role of Kurdish diaspora groups in ‘peace-making’ and ‘peace-building’ processes within Turkey. The underlying concern is how successful negotiations for peace and post-conflict can be reached with the help of different stakeholders, such as the diaspora. Diaspora communities are not only idealistic protesters but can also act as positive agents for the homeland and create practical solutions for stateless communities. Data for this chapter comes from ethnographic qualitative research, which was carried out in multiple sites between December 2012 and February 2016.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Turkey, Ethnic conflict, Transnationalism, Kurdish diaspora, Transnationalism, PKK, Middle East
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Gender Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
ISBN: 978319328928
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Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2017 15:07
Funders: European Union

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