Unruly diaspora action as decolonization: Abjection and activism among Zimbabweans in London

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In an era where migration and asylum are becoming more securitized, this article argues that unruly action by asylum seekers contributes to decolonization through challenging stratified citizenship and hierarchical immigration laws. I argue through a case of members of the Zimbabwe Vigil in London that diasporas challenge the system within their countries of settlement, enhancing self-determination, and speak back to their homelands by demanding rights where excluded. The article draws from 20 key informant interviews conducted with members of the Zimbabwe Vigil in London and their partners on the ground in Harare, Zimbabwe. Through speaking back to the homeland, these individuals play a role in challenging coloniality within the homeland and thus are agents of decolonization. Ultimately, the article answers calls by scholars to expand and challenge the way we have conceptualized diaspora in addition to the literature on diaspora lobbying, engagement and decolonization.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12480
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalGlobal Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs
Early online date26 Mar 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Mar 2024

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • agency
  • diaspora
  • decolonisation
  • unruly action
  • transnationalism
  • activism

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