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Identity Formation and Political Mobilization in Diaspora: Kurdish Diaspora in the United States

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dc.contributor.advisor Korostelina, Karina Gunduz, Ihsan
dc.creator Gunduz, Ihsan 2016-05-13 2017-10-03T17:35:51Z 2017-10-03T17:35:51Z
dc.identifier doi:10.13021/G8XX09
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the Kurdish diaspora’s formation in the United States and the role that the Kurdish diaspora’s political mobilization plays in fueling and/or resolving the Turkish-Kurdish conflict. The investigated research question is: What are the perceptions of the Turkish-Kurdish conflict among Kurdish diaspora members in the United States and what types of political mobilization do they engage in? This research is based on semi-structured open-ended interviews of the core members of the Kurdish diaspora in United States regarding their political mobilization. The analysis of the data was conducted with thematic coding: the emerging themes were identified and discussed. While the research deals with political mobilization, it delves into whom and what triggers the mobilization and how/when the diaspora mobilizes. The research found out that the Kurdish diaspora has developed historic narratives about the Turkish-Kurdish relations and promotes constructive ways of resolving the conflict. This could be an influence of living in a country where the concept of national identity is based on multiculturalism, but further research is needed to make a fair assessment how much the host countries national identities play a role in diaspora’s conflict behavior. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Kurdish diaspora en_US
dc.subject political mobilization en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject homeland conflict en_US
dc.subject hostland en_US
dc.title Identity Formation and Political Mobilization in Diaspora: Kurdish Diaspora in the United States en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution en_US Master's en_US Conflict Analysis and Resolution en_US George Mason University en_US

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