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Les Combattants - ideologies of exile, return and nationalism in the DRC

Mbu-Mputu, Norbert and Trapido, Joe (2020) Les Combattants - ideologies of exile, return and nationalism in the DRC. Journal of Refugee Studies, 33 (4). 727 - 746. ISSN 0951-6328

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Abstract

Focused on Focused on London, this article looks at the ideology and practice of Congolese nationalism in exile, and at the ideas of home, belonging and return connected with this.DemocraticRepublicofCongo (DRC)migrantscame toWesternEuropeescaping violence and economic and political collapse but, for a long time, the imaginative concentration of the diasporawas not on politics, but on a consumer-based version of the good life. This article traces how this changed in the 2000s with the diaspora becoming a focus for violent and racialized forms of nationalism. Tracing this evolution historically, we look at how the practices and ideologies of ‘return’ and ‘home’ have come to express this transformation of exile nationalism.London, this article looks at the ideology and practice of Congolese nationalism in exile, and at the ideas of home, belonging and return connected with this. Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) migrants came to Western Europe escaping violence and economic and political collapse but, for a long time, the imaginative concentration of the diaspora was not on politics, but on a consumer-based version of the good life. This article traces how this changed in the 2000s with the diaspora becoming a focus for violent and racialized forms of nationalism. Tracing this evolution historically, we look at how the practices and ideologies of 'return' and 'home' have come to express this transformation of exile nationalism.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://academic.oup.com/jrs
Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa
International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 12 May 2021 15:48
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 00:42
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/110456

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