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More Democracy, More Violence? Diaspora presence in highly democratised host states and radical violence in the homeland.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

There is growing evidence that diaspora communities play a significant role in influencing the homeland secessionist movement’s engagement in violence. However, previous research does not offer explanation for the role of diaspora host states. In this thesis, I aim to establish how diaspora presence in highly democratised host states (HDS) affects the level of radical violence in the homeland by answering the research question: to what extent do secessionist movements with stronger diaspora presence in HDS see higher levels of radical violence than secessionist movements with weaker diaspora presence in HDS? Specifically, I hypothesise counterintuitively that stronger diaspora presence in HDS leads to a higher level of radical violence in the homeland secessionist movement. The theoretical argument I present posits that diasporas in HDS develop more categorical views towards homeland secessionism, which thus constricts the bargaining space and makes violence more likely to occur. By carrying out a structured, focused comparison on the two most-similar cases of Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia I find modestly strong support for this hypothesis, however I find weak support for the causal mechanism. An extended analysis offers limitations of these results and prompts areas for further research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 79 p.
Keyword [en]
Diaspora, Radical Violence, Homeland, Secessionist Movement, Democracy, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, China
National Category
Social Sciences Other Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-294481OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-294481DiVA: diva2:930085
Subject / course
Peace and Conflict Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
Available from: 2016-06-22 Created: 2016-05-22 Last updated: 2016-06-22Bibliographically approved

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