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Diasporas and the role of social media on militant/political activities: The Basque diaspora in Argentina in the spotlight

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The role of politically motivated and engaged diasporas go beyond the mere reinforcement of state nationalism or states itself, but also promotes and supports sub-national/sub-state ethnic groups’ agendas, both reinforcing and weakening states’ nationalist agendas. Sub-national/sub-state political groups, such as of Kurds, Uyghur, Tamil minorities, among others, tend, in many cases, to find support over its diaspora to advance a specific political agenda (such as greater autonomy, independence, etc). Also, such groups and related diasporas appropriate the Internet as a tool for political engagement, communication, financing, lobby and even moral support. In this article, I seek to understand and conceptualize such appropriation(s) having the Basque case (focusing on its diaspora in Argentina) as the main object of analysis.
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Keywords: Basque diaspora; Basque political diaspora; diasporic identity online; identity construction online; minorities online agenda; political mobilization; politically engaged diasporas

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Deusto

Publication date: April 1, 2018

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