Kurdish refugee communities : the diaspora in Finland and England
Wahlbeck, Östen (1997) Kurdish refugee communities : the diaspora in Finland and England. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This thesis describes the social organisation of Kurdish refugee communities and is a
contribution to the theoretical discussion of the concept of diaspora. Field research
methods were used in this comparative sociological study among Kurdish refugees
from Turkey, Iraq and Iran, who live in exile in Finland and England.
The writer uses rich ethnographic material to describe the social organisation of the
Kurdish refugee communities. The thesis introduces new arguments about, and
suggests a rethinking of, the process of integration among refugees. In many
different ways refugees living in exile have a continuous relation to their societies of
origin. The thesis describes various transnational social relations and networks
among the Kurdish refugees. It is argued that the Kurds in exile can be regarded as a
The concept of diaspora highlights the refugees' continuous relation to their
countries of origin. However, the transnational social networks and associations can
also be important resources for the refugees in their new country of settlement.
There is also reason to remember the importance of social structures and
exclusionary policies in the country of settlement. The comparison of the two
different countries of settlement shows that these structures and policies have a great
impact on how the refugees will be integrated into the receiving society.
It is argued that a study of refugee communities needs to take into account refugees'
relations to both the society of origin and the society of settlement. The writer
emphasises that a diaspora can be understood as a transnational social organisation
relating both to the country of origin and the country of settlement. Thus, it is argued
that the concept of diaspora is a useful analytical tool for an understanding of the
transnational social reality in which refugees live.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Kurds -- Finland, Kurds -- England, Exiles -- Finland, Exiles -- England, Kurdish diaspora|
|Official Date:||May 1997|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations (Economic and Social Research Council)|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Joly, Danièle ; Cohen, Robin, 1944-|
|Sponsors:||Suomen Akatemia [Academy of Finland] ; KONE Foundation|
|Extent:||xi, 260 leaves|
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