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Exile and Diaspora Politics

Roniger Luis

in Exile, Diaspora, and Return

Published in print January 2018 | ISBN: 9780190693961
Published online November 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190693992 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190693961.003.0003
Exile and Diaspora Politics

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Political exile re-emerged in the context of the increased polarization of the East–West, left–right, Communism–capitalism divide. Ideological polarization produced a situation in which expelling societies broadened the scope of repression, expanding it to cover liberals and cultural and social sectors with all sorts of potential political involvement or critical positions. This chapter analyzes diaspora politics and its role in the politics and mechanics of the respective home countries, including the question of whether or not to return. One of the fascinating aspects of such politics, as we analyze each of the four diaspora communities, is the unexpected turn their existence, growth, diversity, and development took vis-à-vis the expectations repressors had when forcing tens and hundreds of thousands of their citizens into exile.

Keywords: diaspora politics; political activism; and political representation; proactive mobilization; exile communities; advocacy networks; solidarity networks; armed struggle; alternative strategies; authoritarian dictatorships

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Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Politics

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