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Transnational politics beyond the Arab uprisings : Egyptian activism in Vienna and Paris

Abstract : This interdisciplinary PhD project examines what Østergaard-Nielsen (2003) calls ‘homeland politics’, namely the political activities of migrants and refugees who aim to influence the domestic or foreign policy of their country of origin. It focuses on two case studies, Vienna and Paris, and examines the people and groups who tried to influence politics during and after the uprisings in Egypt (2011-2013). It focuses particularly on the identification of transnational activists, their networks and their motives of their political participation. It further analyzes the role of social media as a tool for transnational politics. The thesis is divided into three parts. The first adopts a macro-level approach and traces the context in which transnational practices of Egyptian migrants and their children take place, by focusing on emigration, immigration and immigrant policies. The second is an empirical analysis on the micro-level and describes different types of transnational activists, their argumentations, networks, and strategies. This includes a comprehensive analysis of their use of Facebook. The third part is a theoretical contribution to political transnationalism by discussing the limits of Egyptian transnational civil society today and by developing an analytical framework for factors which influence homeland politics.
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Lea Müller-Funk. Transnational politics beyond the Arab uprisings : Egyptian activism in Vienna and Paris. Political science. Institut d'études politiques de Paris - Sciences Po; Universität Wien, 2016. English. ⟨NNT : 2016IEPP0005⟩. ⟨tel-03648601⟩



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