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Craven, Catherine Ruth (2021) 'Networks Do Not Float Freely: (Dis)entangling the Politics of Tamil Diaspora Inclusion in Development Governance.' Global networks: a journal of transnational affairs, 21 (4). pp. 769-790.

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Scholarship on diaspora engagement strategies has suggested that such strategies are embedded either in binary state‐diaspora relations, or global structures of domination. This paper builds on the idea that diaspora engagement is contextually embedded but complicates the understanding of this context, by moving beyond structuralist or state‐centric models. It draws on a range of relational theories, to suggest that diaspora engagement strategies in the development field are contextually embedded in complex entanglements of power relations. Data from a multi‐method study of the Tamil diaspora in Toronto, from 2009 to 2018, reveals that inclusion in these diaspora engagement strategies is shaped by an entanglement of power relations, which include social networks, and legitimacy claims in overlapping cultural fields, but also spatial relations, whereby geography and material resources are often‐overlooked dimensions of this space.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: School Research Centres > Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies
Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
H Social Sciences
J Political Science
ISSN: 14702266
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2021 10:32
Related URLs: https://onlinel ... 1111/glob.12314 (Publisher URL)
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council, European Union, Other, Other

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