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Title:Diaspora, digital media, and death counts: Eritreans and the politics of memorialisation
Author:Bernal, VictoriaISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:African Studies (ISSN 1469-2872)
Volume:72
Issue:2
Pages:246-264
Language:English
Geographic term:Eritrea
Subjects:Eritreans
diasporas
websites
monuments
State-society relationship
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00020184.2013.812875
Abstract:This article analyses a war memorial established on a website (awate.com) by Eritreans in diaspora as an example of how diasporas are transforming the ways national politics are conducted and understood. Establishing a war memorial is normally the prerogative and responsibility of the state. In performing this task the Eritrean diaspora makes visible the failure of the state to make public important national information and to hold itself accountable to the Eritrean people. The establishment of the memorial online by the diaspora, furthermore, works to de-centre the state, symbolically at least, as the embodiment of the nation and creates an opening for alternative visions of the nation and state-citizen relations. The Internet is making possible innovative forms of diaspora political engagement and activism that challenge conventional relations of citizenship and sovereignty. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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