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Transnationalism, the African Diaspora, and the Deterritorialized Politics of the Internet

  • Wisdom J. Tettey
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication book series (PIPC)

Abstract

Spatial flows are a primary characteristic of globalization (Castells 1997) and have reshaped not just financial and cultural interactions and transactions, but the development ofwhat Appadurai (1998) calls ethnoscapes, born out of the unprecedented movement of persons across geographically dispersed territories. Intertwined with these mobilities are the possibilities that have opened up for migrants to engage with their places of origin. This involves bringing the imagined communities of “home” to their new locales at the same time as they project themselves onto the realities of the places they have left behind. A corollary to these developments is the phenomenon whereby political, social, and economic actions are not confined to the specific territories of sovereign states, but are breaking down boundaries as transnationals are implicated in the politics and society of their home countries. The emergence of increasingly extensive diaspora communities has, therefore, been attended by strong connections, not dissociation, from their places of origin. These connections have been aided, in no small measure, by information and communication technologies (ICTs). As Tettey (2004, 123) points out, we

see a new media ecology emerging in tandem with the new physical ecology which is represented by worldwide migrations over international borders, and the formation of diaspora groups.…The convergence of these dual processes has created a situation that merits designation as the diaspora of the internet. This refers to the organization of social groups outside their countries of origin as communities of action, not primarily according to the necessities of physical propinquity, but rather by the possibilities presented by the boundlessness of the new technological architecture of the internet.

Keywords

Home Country Public Sphere Sovereign State Domestic Politics State Sovereignty 
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