Diasporas, agency and enterprise in settlement and homeland contexts: politicised entrepreneurship in the Kurdish diaspora

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Syrett, S. and Keles, J. 2019. Diasporas, agency and enterprise in settlement and homeland contexts: politicised entrepreneurship in the Kurdish diaspora. Political Geography. 73, pp. 60-69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2019.05.008
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TitleDiasporas, agency and enterprise in settlement and homeland contexts: politicised entrepreneurship in the Kurdish diaspora
AuthorsSyrett, S. and Keles, J.
Abstract

Through its focus on state-diaspora relations, existing research has given limited consideration to the role of nonstate entrepreneurial actors in understanding diaspora politicisation. This paper addresses this research gap by examining the contextually embedded relationship between diaspora politicisation and entrepreneurial activity within diaspora settlement and homeland spaces. Findings are presented of original qualitative research with Kurdish diaspora entrepreneurs based in Europe operating in the media and publishing industries. Results demonstrate how the intersection between diaspora identity, opportunity frameworks and available resources generates forms of politicised diaspora entrepreneurship, and how these venture activities contribute to the transnational (re)production of diaspora identity and the mobilisation of locally rooted diaspora populations. The implications of these findings are discussed in relation to enhancing current understanding of diaspora entrepreneurship and the significance of non-state actors within the diaspora politicisation process, and their relevance to policy thinking across homeland and settlement contexts.

KeywordsDiaspora politics; Diaspora entrepreneurship; Conflict-generated diaspora; Non-state actors; Identity; Host-homeland relations; Kurds; Media and publishing industries
Research GroupCentre for Enterprise, Environment and Development Research (CEEDR)
LanguageEnglish
PublisherElsevier
JournalPolitical Geography
ISSN0962-6298
Electronic1873-5096
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Online04 Jun 2019
Print01 Aug 2019
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Deposited06 Jun 2019
Accepted20 May 2019
Submitted26 Apr 2018
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2019.05.008
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