Transnational Mobilization of Future Generations by Non-Democratic Home States: Turkey’s Diaspora Youth between Empowerment and Co-optation
Böcü, Gözde; Baser, Bahar
While many aspects of state-diaspora relations have been explored, the role that youth play in state-led diaspora outreach remains under-researched in the literature. Democratic and nondemocratic states alike, however, actively target diaspora youth for a variety of reasons. In this article, we explore how and why a non-democratic state like Turkey engages with its perceived diaspora youth by focusing on the AKP regimes’ recent engagement within its European diasporas as a case study. We argue that the AKP regime has proactively bolstered transnational youth engagement policies over the last decade with the goal of creating a loyal diaspora that will serve the regime in the long run. We show that selected diaspora youth are not only empowered, but also co-opted and mobilized by the regime to ensure continued influence in the diaspora – ultimately to incorporate them into authoritarian consolidation efforts back home and to turn them into assets that lobby host country governments.
Böcü, G., & Baser, B. (in press). Transnational Mobilization of Future Generations by Non-Democratic Home States: Turkey’s Diaspora Youth between Empowerment and Co-optation. Ethnopolitics, https://doi.org/10.1080/17449057.2022.2101758
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Jul 12, 2022|
|Online Publication Date||Aug 9, 2022|
|Deposit Date||Jul 13, 2022|
|Publicly Available Date||Aug 12, 2022|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis Group|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
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