Transnational Lived Citizenship - The Case of the Eritrean Diaspora

Tanja R. Müller, Milena Belloni

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This special focus section analyses state–diaspora relationships with a focus on the case of Eritrea, a paradigmatic example, as we show in this introduction, to elaborate on the fol-lowing key questions: What determines loyalty between diaspora and the state? How can we understand the dynamics of co- optation, loyalty, and resistance that characterise many diaspora–state relationships? What is the role of historical events and memory in building alliances as well as divides among different generations and different groups in the diaspora? How do diaspora citizens interpret and enact their citizenship in everyday practice of engage-ment? By engaging with both citizenship and diaspora studies, this introduction shows the significance of analysing these questions through the lens of “transnational lived citizenship.” This concept enables a look at the intersections between formal aspects of citizenship as well as the emotional and practical aspects related to feelings of belonging, transnational attitudes, and circulation of material cultures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-18
JournalAfrika Spectrum
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2021

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  • Global Development Institute


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