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Saving the Congo: Transnational social fields and politics of home in the Congolese diaspora

Garbin, David, Godin, Marie (2013) Saving the Congo: Transnational social fields and politics of home in the Congolese diaspora. African and Black Diaspora, 6 (2). pp. 113-130. ISSN 1752-8631. (doi:10.1080/17528631.2013.793133) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This paper explores the diasporic politics of home of Congolese migrants in Europe, in particular in the UK, and to a lesser extent in Belgium. We focus on the fragmentation and heterogeneity of the diasporic political sphere by examining the role of first generation activists, religious groups, as well as youth and women's organisations. Within the transnational political field, first generation leaders are in a dominant position and the involvement of other groups, such as women and young people is marginalised by their control of the diasporic rules of the game in the Bourdieusan sense. However, the increasing involvement of Congolese women in the field of women's rights advocacy has opened up new paths of political action which can, in certain occasions, lead to transnational forms of engagement. Similarly, second generation Congolese activists are constructing a space of autonomous engagement, relying heavily on the Internet and especially on social media, some attempting to link up with wider social movements. The paper provides an understanding of the social and political construction of these different fields of diasporic engagement as well as their intersectional and dialogical relations.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/17528631.2013.793133
Additional information: Special Issue: Migration, Diaspora and Development: Challenges for Africa in the 21st Century
Uncontrolled keywords: Belgium, Congolese diaspora, DRC, transnational politics, UK, women's rights, youth activism
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2013 12:45 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:08 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/35984 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Garbin, David: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6599-6791
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