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Transnational Transmitters: Ethnic Kinship Ties and Conflict Contagion 1946–2009
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2014 (English)In: International Interactions, ISSN 0305-0629, E-ISSN 1547-7444, Vol. 40, no 2, 143-165 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous research has proposed that ethnic conflict may spread across borders. Although the importance of transnational ethnic groups is often emphasized, the processes through which contagion may take place remain unspecified. The present study presents a context for more precise analysis of contagion. Further, it identifies distinct processes through which contagion is likely to occur within this context. It is argued that when an ethnic group engages in violent conflict in one state, kin in a nearby state may be inspired to rebel because the outbreak of conflict renders ethnic bonds and similar conditions salient. These bonds and similarities become even more salient when the kin group has opportunities and willingness to mobilize for rebellion. Statistical analysis employing unique global data covering 1946-2009 supports this argument. These results indicate that kinship ties matter for contagion and identify some of the conditions which amplify the effects such ties have for contagion.

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Philadelphia: Taylor & Francis, 2014. Vol. 40, no 2, 143-165 p.
Keyword [en]
civil war, contagion, diffusion, ethnic conflict, ethnic kinship ties, transnational ethnic groups
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-208601DOI: 10.1080/03050629.2014.880702ISI: 000333951500001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-208601DiVA: diva2:653620
Available from: 2013-10-04 Created: 2013-10-04 Last updated: 2014-08-19Bibliographically approved

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