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Title:Inside/outside Somalia
Author:Laakso, LiisaISNI
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies (ISSN 1459-9465)
Geographic term:Somalia
State collapse
Somali studies
External link:http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol20num1/laakso.pdf
Abstract:The role of the diaspora in transferring identities, ideas and the boundaries of nation-States is a prominent new topic in African studies. This article introduces a special issue of 'Nordic Journal of African Studies' on the role of the Somali diaspora. The contextualization of Somali diaspora studies requires an understanding of the international dynamics of the Somali conflict and its effects. For the international community trying to restrain Islamization on the one hand and warlordism on the other, it has been convenient to limit State power in Somalia. As a consequence, non-State actors and international organizations have a major role in the implementation of development and peacebuilding policies in Somalia. This situation opens up different spaces for the diaspora to play a role in Somalia. The author argues that it is useful to analyse these using an interdisciplinary approach both inside and outside Somalia. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]