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Kurdish Diaspora Online

From Imagined Community to Managing Communities


  • Presents original data on Kurdish diaspora communities to show how digital technologies are challenging traditional national identity

  • Updates the "imagined community" conception of nations for the digital media age

  • Utilizes a multidisciplinary approach and multifaceted methologies to examine the many dimensions of diasporic community


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Multiculturalism in Imagined Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jowan Mahmod
      Pages 3-17
  3. Arriving on the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Jowan Mahmod
      Pages 87-126
  4. Consciousness, Information Technology, and New Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Jowan Mahmod
      Pages 179-205
    3. Jowan Mahmod
      Pages 207-214
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 215-243

About this book


The argument offered in this book is that new technology, as opposed to traditional media such as television, radio and newspaper, is working against the national grain to weaken its imagined community. Online activities and communications between people and across borders suggest that digital media has strong implications for different articulations of identity and belongingness, which open new ways of thinking about the imagined community. The findings are based on transnational activities by Kurdish diaspora members across borders that have pushed them to rethink notions of belonging and identity. Through a multidisciplinary and comparative approach, and multifaceted (online-offline) methodologies, the book unveils tensions between new and old media, and how the former is not only changing social relations but also exposing existing ones. Living in two or more cultures, speaking multiple languages, and engaging in transnational practices, diaspora individuals may have created a momentum that discloses how the imagined nation is diminishing in this digital era.


political communication social networks kurdish kurds diaspora identity transnationalism communication Nation nationalism networks Online political science social science Transnational

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.UppsalaSweden

About the authors

Jowan Mahmod completed her PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. She obtained her BA and MA in Media and Communications at Uppsala University, Sweden. She has worked previously as a PR consultant, editor-in-chief, and editor.

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