Whom do the diaspora members interact with when there are elections in the ‘homeland'?

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There have been several Turkish-speaking diaspora communities in Europe since the ‘invited workers’ wave of the 1950–1960s. These communities mostly hold dual citizenship and are allowed to vote in both the ‘homeland’ and the ‘hostland’. Like other diaspora communities, the Turkish-speaking diasporas act as rhizomatic social networks that have a dynamic connection with different actors. This chapter analyses the online interactions of Turkish-speaking diaspora members in France on Twitter. during the electoral campaign period of 2018 in Turkey, through a social network analysis approach. The findings reveal that the online interactions of these communities are fragmented according to many social, political and cultural positions. While the major actors of the political world in Turkey, as well as those in France, are represented in the network map, it is mostly dominated by everyday interactions and popular culture, which also suggests a generational gap, since these bigger clusters mostly include users from the third generation of diasporas that use a creolised form of French and Turkish languages.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMiddle Eastern Diasporas and Political Communication
Subtitle of host publicationNew Approaches
EditorsEhab Galal, Mostafa Shehata, Claus Valling Pedersen
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781003365419, 9781000910094
ISBN (Print)9781032430294
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies on Middle Eastern Diasporas

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