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Democracy and Political Participation Across Borders: A Minor Field Study Concerning Migrant Transnationalism and the Nepali Diaspora in Varanasi, India
Karlstads universitet, Fakulteten för samhälls- och livsvetenskaper, Avdelningen för politiska och historiska studier.
2012 (Engelska)Självständigt arbete på grundnivå (kandidatexamen), 10 poäng / 15 hpStudentuppsats (Examensarbete)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this field study is to acquire a greater knowledge and understanding of the Nepali diaspora in Varanasi, India concerning their views of and participation in the political situation in Nepal. In this way the study aims to contribute to the research field of migrant transnationalism. Nepal is currently facing a democratization process after years of civil war and political conflict. The harsh situation is one of the reasons the country has seen a grand emigration movement, especially to the neighbor in the south – India. It is of interest to investigate whether theories concerning migrants‟ political participation in homeland politics, called migrant transnationalism, can contribute with understanding for the Nepali diaspora. The general research question for the thesis is: How does the Nepalese diaspora in Varanasi perceive and engage for the democratization process currently taking place in Nepal relating to research within the field of migrant transnationalism?

The study constitutes a descriptive case study with interviews as method for collection of data. Previous research from the fields of political science and sociology is used to outline the theoretical framework. The study is demarcated to investigate the views and political participation of Nepalese people in Varanasi in India. The theoretical framework concerning migrant transnationalism is also demarcated to specific fields and themes in order to analyze the data constructively.

The study finds that the Nepali diaspora in Varanasi has a strong support for democracy and believes it can contribute to democracy and change in Nepal. The diaspora has strong social and political ties to Nepal through news, family ties, remittances and being able to keep their Nepali identity. The study also finds that the Nepalese migrants in general are engaging in migrant transnational political participation through for example political meetings.

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2012. , s. 65
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Migrant transnationalism, Diaspora, Political Participation, Nepal, Nepalese migrants, Democracy, Varanasi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-9257Lokalt ID: STV C-38OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-9257DiVA, id: diva2:481300
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