Diasporas, agency and enterprise in settlement and homeland contexts: politicised entrepreneurship in the Kurdish diaspora

Syrett, Stephen ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1965-6256 and Keles, Janroj Yilmaz ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3525-9760 (2019) Diasporas, agency and enterprise in settlement and homeland contexts: politicised entrepreneurship in the Kurdish diaspora. Political Geography, 73 . pp. 60-69. ISSN 0962-6298 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2019.05.008)

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Through its focus on state-diaspora relations, existing research has given limited consideration to the role of nonstate entrepreneurial actors in understanding diaspora politicisation. This paper addresses this research gap by examining the contextually embedded relationship between diaspora politicisation and entrepreneurial activity within diaspora settlement and homeland spaces. Findings are presented of original qualitative research with Kurdish diaspora entrepreneurs based in Europe operating in the media and publishing industries. Results demonstrate how the intersection between diaspora identity, opportunity frameworks and available resources generates forms of politicised diaspora entrepreneurship, and how these venture activities contribute to the transnational (re)production of diaspora identity and the mobilisation of locally rooted diaspora populations. The implications of these findings are discussed in relation to enhancing current understanding of diaspora entrepreneurship and the significance of non-state actors within the diaspora politicisation process, and their relevance to policy thinking across homeland and settlement contexts.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR)
Item ID: 26726
Notes on copyright: © 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license
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Depositing User: Pamela Macaulay
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2019 15:19
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2020 08:56
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/26726

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