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Diaspora incorporation mechanisms: sustained and episodic mobilisation among the British-Egyptian diaspora after the Arab Spring

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Original languageEnglish
Early online date26 Nov 2019
Accepted/In press12 Nov 2019
E-pub ahead of print26 Nov 2019

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Previous literature on diasporas assert that political crises such as revolutions in home states work as pressuring devices which activate diasporas, alongside political opportunity structures (POS) present in host countries, as an explanation for mobilisation. However, this does not sufficiently explain why two diaspora groups from the same country of origin mobilise in a sustained or episodic manner. Through interviews this paper will focus on the two core Egyptian diaspora groups in the United Kingdom (UK) since 2011 – the sustained mobilisation of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council (ERC), and the episodic mobilisation of the Egyptian National Association for Change (ENAC). It argues that the availability of specific incorporation mechanisms such as movement diffusion and the (non) -existence of elite proximity in host states incorporate or disincorporate a group, leading to sustained or episodic mobilisation. It contributes to emerging literature on contentious diaspora politics with these two added variables.

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