Kurdish community organisations in London: a social network analysis

D'Angelo, Alessio (2008) Kurdish community organisations in London: a social network analysis. Working Paper. Middlesex University: School of Health and Social Sciences, London.

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This paper aims to contribute to the debate on ethnic community organisations and social capital analysing the structures and functions of networks among Kurdish community organisations in London. Though encompassing a wide range of differences, Kurdish communities show a significant internal cohesion, which has strengthened in recent years. In the last two decades several organisations have been set up to address the specific needs of these communities and to promote their cultural identity. The complex network of relations in which Kurdish organisations operate has a major role in shaping their daily life and activities. Personal relations between coordinators and board members emerge as the main factor influencing the development of organisational links. An important role is also played by the kind of services provided and by the characteristics of users and members of staff. Organisational networks appear to enhance the Social Capital of both organisations and the people they serve. This ‘network of organisations’ is often perceived by its members as a social reality in its own right. However, formal coordination activities are still very limited and the organisational networks are far from being used at their full potential. Kurdish organisations have also developed an important capital of ‘weak ties’ with local authorities and mainstream organisation, apparently without major conflicts for ‘external representation’; on the other hand, Kurdish communities are not able to speak with a common voice on a London-wide scale. Attempts to develop a formal consortium or umbrella body in the past were frustrated by personal differences and political divisions. A new initiative in this direction is currently under development.

Item Type:Monograph (Working Paper)
Research Areas:School of Law
ID Code:5539
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