Securing the diasporic ‘self’ by travelling abroad: Taglit-Birthright and ontological security

  title={Securing the diasporic ‘self’ by travelling abroad: Taglit-Birthright and ontological security},
  author={Yehonatan Abramson},
  journal={Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies},
  pages={656 - 673}
  • Yehonatan Abramson
  • Published 27 December 2017
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
ABSTRACT In recent years, the literature on diaspora politics has focused primarily on why and when migrant or ethno-religious groups adopt a diasporic stance and mobilise on behalf of their homeland. The ability of a community to sustain a diasporic stance across generations is less explored and often assumed to be dependent on discrimination in the host country or events in the homeland. By contrast, this article focuses on internal dynamics of the Jewish-American community to explore the… 
The microfoundations of diaspora politics: unpacking the state and disaggregating the diaspora
ABSTRACT Recognising the need to unpack the ‘state’ and problematise the term ‘diaspora’, in this special issue we examine the various actors within (and beyond) the state that participate in the
The Diaspora and China’s Foreign Influence Activities
Amidst growing concern over authoritarian foreign influence operations, Chinese diaspora communities are often perceived by host countries as potential unfriendly agents, but also viewed by Beijing
Returning to the roots of ontological security: insights from the existentialist anxiety literature
Research on ontological security in International Relations (IR) has grown significantly in recent years. However, this scholarship is marked by conceptual ambiguity concerning the meaning of and
Loss of homeland: a qualitative study of the changes in perception of relocated Sichuan earthquake survivors with posttraumatic stress disorder
Loss of homeland was the most important condition that influenced the relocated participants’ self-identity, social connections, and meaning system and can make more informed decisions in terms of disaster relocation policy and manage post-disaster psychological disturbances by focusing on both places and people.
The Concept of Anxiety in Ontological Security Studies
The growing literature on ontological security theory (OST) in international relations, ontological security studies (OSS), is characterized by great internal diversity. This internal pluralism is
‘We’re not coming from Mars; we know how things work in Morocco!’ How diasporic Moroccan youth resists political socialisation in state-led homeland tours
ABSTRACT Diaspora policies, to be defined as emigrant state policies aiming at maintaining and strengthening ties with its expatriate population, have become a regular feature of twenty-first century
Explaining the rise of diaspora institutions
ABSTRACT Origin-state institutions dedicated to emigrants and their descendants have been largely unnoticed by mainstream political studies even though diaspora institutions are now found in over


Learning to be Palestinian in Athens: constructing national identities in diaspora
In this article I focus on constructions of diasporic national identities and the nation as active and strategic processes using the case study of Palestinians in Athens. I seek, thereby, to
The Awakening of a Latent Diaspora: The Political Mobilization of First and Second Generation Turkish Migrants in Sweden
Abstract This paper explores how political developments in a host country catalyse the awakening of a latent diaspora and lead to the activation of a transnational community that previously consisted
States and standardisation: constructing the co-ethnic migrant story in Germany
  • Olga Zeveleva
  • Sociology
    The Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics
  • 2021
ABSTRACT This article addresses the standardisation of stories about diaspora return (also called ‘co-ethnic migration’ or ‘repatriation’). Using the concept of ‘standards’, the author analyses how
Can conflict-generated diasporas be moderate actors during episodes of contested sovereignty? Lebanese and Albanian diasporas compared
  • M. Koinova
  • Political Science, Sociology
    Review of International Studies
  • 2010
It is argued that instrumental approach towards the achievement of sovereignty explains why conflict-generated diasporas adopt moderate behaviours, especially when advocating highly sensitive issues such as state sovereignty.
Conflict-generated diasporas and transnational politics in Ethiopia
Diaspora groups link processes of globalisation and transnational migration to homeland politics and conflicts. In some cases, diaspora groups produced by a specific set of traumatic memories create
Bifurcated homeland and diaspora politics in China and Taiwan towards the Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia
  • Enze Han
  • Sociology
    The Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics
  • 2021
ABSTRACT The conventional literature on diaspora politics tends to focus on one ‘homeland’ state and its relations with ‘sojourning’ diaspora around the world. This paper examines an instance of
The Disinterested State: Negative Diasporic Policy as an Expression of State Inclusion and National Exclusion
ABSTRACTThis article engages with the understudied phenomenon of the ‘disinterested, denouncing’ diaspora state (Levitt, P., and N. G. Schiller. 2004. “Conceptualizing Simultaneity: A Transnational
Three Meanings of "Diaspora," Exemplified among South Asian Religions
'DIASPORA' is the term often used today to describe practically any population which is considered 'deterritorialised' or 'transnational'-that is, which has originated in a land other than which it
Mobilizing in transnational space: a social movement approach to the formation of diaspora
Abstract In this article I suggest analysing the formation of diaspora communities as an instance of mobilization processes thereby countering essentialist concepts of diaspora that reify notions of