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Diaspora and development? Nigerian organizations in London and the transnational politics of belonging

Lampert, Ben (2009). Diaspora and development? Nigerian organizations in London and the transnational politics of belonging. Global Networks, 9(2) pp. 162–184.

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Abstract

Through a particular focus on the politics of belonging, I explore in this article the extent to which London-based Nigerian organizations perform the progressive role expected of them in globalizing discourses of diaspora and development. The interplay between national and sub-national, geo-ethnic visions of belonging and development has fundamental implications for viability of the Nigerian state. In the ways they mobilize identity 'abroad' and make transnational interventions at 'home', London-based Nigerian diaspora organizations can reproduce a pervasive and insidiously divisive politics of belonging that is widely seen to undermine the Nigerian project. However, these organizations and their transnational interventions can also transcend the ethnicized boundaries of belonging to articulate and pursue visions of Nigeria's national development. While they are involved in the politics of belonging and the progress of 'home' in ways that are clearly much more ambivalent than globalizing discourses of diaspora and development might hope, their potential for contributing to a unified and prosperous Nigeria should not be dismissed.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 The Authors
ISSN: 1471-0374
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetUniversity of London’s Central Research Fund
Not SetNot SetDepartment of Geography and Graduate School at UCL
Keywords: diaspora and development; transnationalism; ethnic politics; Nigeria; London
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 19727
Depositing User: Ben Lampert
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2010 15:28
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2018 08:55
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/19727
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