Democracy, diaspora, and Ukraine: thinking beyond the territorial mentality

Jumana Bayeh, Olga Oleinikova

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In this chapter, the editors explore the volume’s main themes and theoretical concerns, focusing on the often unnoticed central place of territory in democracy and diaspora studies. It presents reasons for the need to bring territory out of the shadows in order to see how it is limiting research and critical thinking in the fields of diaspora and democracy. It draws on Deleuze and Guattari’s ideas of deterritorialisation and reterritorialisation to explain the fundamental significance and power of cross-border political activity on processes of democratisation. It explains why modern Ukraine and the activation of its diaspora in relation to the 2013 and 2014 Euromadian revolution provides the perfect case study to probe and test the ideas put forward in this volume regarding the need to unseat the so-called ‘territorial mentality’. It concludes with an overview of the volume’s chapters and potential future research directions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDemocracy, diaspora, territory
Subtitle of host publicationEurope and cross-border politics
EditorsOlga Oleinikova, Jumana Bayeh
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780429298707
ISBN (Print)9780367279158
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameStudies in Migration and Diaspora


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