(In)visible spaces and tactics of transnational engagement: A multi-dimensional approach to the Kurdish diaspora

Bahar Baser, Ann-Catrin Emanuelsson, Mari Toivanen

Abstract

The Kurdish diaspora has been transnationally active and efficient in terms of raising awareness of the plight of the Kurds in Europe and elsewhere. However, there is a clear need to situate the current analysis of the diaspora in the context of rapidly changing political landscapes that includes both local and global power relations conditioning the diasporas transnational participation, political mobilisation and action. This special issue contributes to the abundant stream of research by including articles that touch upon various issues regarding Kurdish diasporic behaviour. We hope this will provide new openings for scholars working on the Kurdish diaspora. We present articles from diverse disciplines in social sciences including sociology, anthropology, and political science. This interdisciplinary approach not only enriches the analysis related to Kurdish diaspora mobilisation, but also highlights new perspectives emerging from this initiative.

Keywords: Kurdish diaspora; Kurdistan; transnational engagement; political mobilisation; belonging.

Meydan (ne)diyar raz lakvaniya siyasya fera-netewey Nirxandineke pir-rehendli ser diyasporaya kurd

Diyasporaya kurd ji bo bilindkirina asta hi?yariya li ser kambaxiya rew?a kurdan li Ewra li cihine din bi rengekfera-neteweylak karer be. Lbel piviyeke berv bi wyekheye ku nirxandina heyya diyasporaydi nav wrveya den siyasde bi cih bikin ku bi lez diguhere ku, bi hewandina pendiy hy mehelgerd ?ikl ?ert be?dariya diyasporayya navneteweytevger lakiy wy siyasdiyar dike. Ev jimareya taybet a kovar bi ra belavkirina gotar li ser rehend cihy diyasporaya kurd, li wpa adan a vekolan ze dike. Em bi hne ku rderiy nveke li vekoler diyasporaya kurd. Em gotar ji dl cihy zanist civakpk dikin, ji wan sosyoloj antropolojzanist siyas Ev bona navber-dlnirxandina lakvaniya diyasporaydewlemendtir dike, lher wiha rdide peydab ge?edana perspekt nli ser vmeydana lol

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Keywords

Kurdish diaspora; Kurdistan; mobilisation; return migration; sense of belonging

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