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Title:The diaspora and domestic insurgencies in Africa
Author:Omeje, KennethISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Volume:11
Issue:2
Pages:94-107
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Africa
world
Subjects:diasporas
terrorism
images
geography
African diaspora
Human geography
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24487626
Abstract:This article examines the emerging discursive reconstruction in the West of the African diaspora, in particular the debate that African diasporas play a prominent role in promoting domestic insurgencies and armed conflicts in their home countries. Based on a taxonomy of the African diaspora vis--vis other significant diasporic populations, the article critically explores the views held by many Western Africanists and policymakers about the instrumentality of financial remittances and other logistical support from Africans in the diaspora in the instigation, aggravation and prolongation of political insurgencies and extremist activities in their home countries. The author argues that the widely publicized connection between diaspora finance and terrorism in Africa is largely speculative and groundless. This emerging reconstruction of the image and role of the African diaspora in political conflicts on the continent is essentially a consequence of the post-9/11 re-securitization of Africa as a zone of terror and danger by influential policymakers in the US and, to a lesser extent, the EU. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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