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Statelessness in a world of nation-states: The cases of Kurdish diasporas in Sweden and the UK
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. Oxford University, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0950-5083
2016 (English)In: Journal of ethnic and migration studies, ISSN 1369-183X, E-ISSN 1469-9451, Vol. 42, no 9, 1403-1419 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mass displacement in the Middle East is a major political challenge for contemporary Middle Eastern and Western states. As a consequence, statelessness has emerged as one of the central political issues in relation to the collapse and weakening of the states in the Middle East. Through deploying a qualitative inquiry and interviews with 50 Kurdish immigrants, this article investigates how members of Kurdish diasporas in Sweden and the UK conceive and experience statelessness in a world of unequal nation-states and hierarchical citizenship. Since diasporas are important non-state actors in nation-building processes, it is important to analyse their diasporic visions and the ways they challenge or reinforce the power of the nation-state in the context of migration. While from a legal or a right-based approach, the solution to statelessness is found in acquisition of a nationality/citizenship, I posit that in a world structured by the political normativity of the nation-state, nations without states will continue to be in search of national self-determination, political autonomy and sovereignty in the international comity of sovereign nations.

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2016. Vol. 42, no 9, 1403-1419 p.
Keyword [en]
Kurdish diaspora, statelessness, nationalism, citizenship, sovereignty
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Social Sciences, Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-51425DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1162091ISI: 000379260800001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-51425DiVA: diva2:914859
Available from: 2016-03-27 Created: 2016-03-27 Last updated: 2016-07-28Bibliographically approved

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