Diasporas from States in Crisis: A Case Study of the Zimbabwean Diaspora and Its Role in the Homeland
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Political Science & Geography
Graduate Program in International studies
Call Number for Print
Special Collections LD4331.I45 D48 2010
Diasporas are important transnational actors with significant potential to influence their homeland. However, when crisis drives migration, certain limitations and opportunities are created, affecting their role in their homeland. The Zimbabwean diaspora provides an interesting case study for a diaspora from a state in crisis since nearly one-quarter of its population lives outside its borders. In a crisis characterized by political oppression, near economic collapse, and a breakdown of social institutions, one of the population's few options for survival has been migration. The diaspora that has resulted has played a political, economic and social role in Zimbabwe, but the crisis within the country has affected its capacity for greater influence. The crisis has exacerbated the divisions among the many heterogeneous groups in the diaspora, limiting their collective action against the Zimbabwean government. The structure of the Zimbabwean state, which limits access points to decision makers, further hampers its ability to make substantial changes in its homeland.
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Detwiler, Leigh A..
"Diasporas from States in Crisis: A Case Study of the Zimbabwean Diaspora and Its Role in the Homeland"
(2010). Master of Arts (MA), Thesis, Political Science & Geography, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/mw3q-jr73