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This chapter introduces the book. It makes use of the author’s extensive experience as a journalist predominantly reporting from conflict zones and covering their diaspora communities. It presents how transnational communities have emerged in western countries in unprecedented numbers due to migration and rapid development communication and transport technologies in the age of globalisation (Vertovec 2007; Hafez 2000). The chapter also relates how diasporic media grew to playing a key role in enabling a reconnection of diasporic populations with a mediated homeland with a specific focus on homelands in conflict. The Somali conflict and diaspora are used as a case to illuminate the roles diasporic media can play beyond identity maintenance and ties of kinship.
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