Introducing the Domestic Abroad

Latha Varadarajan

in The Domestic Abroad

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199733910
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866205 | DOI:
Introducing the Domestic Abroad

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This chapter begins by laying out the manner in which nation‐states across the board are involved in institutionalizing their relationships with their diasporas while acknowledging them as part of a larger “global” nation. While acknowledging the existance of informal (and at times even formal) links between diasporas and their homelands in the past, the chapter argues that there is something novel about the ongoing process. To capture the novelty of the phenomenon, the chapter introduces the concept of the “domestic abroad.” Briefly addressing alternative explanations, the chapter concludes by setting up the main argument of the book that the domestic abroad is a product of two simultaneous ongoing processes: the diasporic reimagining of the nation and the neoliberal restructuring of the state.

Keywords: diasporas; emigrants; sending states; dual citizenship; nationalism; neoliberalism; capitalism

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Subjects: International Relations

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