Reticent digital diasporas in times of crisis

TitleReticent digital diasporas in times of crisis
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsS. Turner, and L.H. Berckmoes
Secondary TitleAfrican diaspora
Date Published2020
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number1872-5465
KeywordsBurundi, conflict, diaspora, emotions, kin

Based on fieldwork amongst Burundians in Rwanda, the Netherlands and Belgium, this article explores how information circulates transnationally in times of political and violent crisis and how ordinary members of the diaspora seek to manage these flows of information. Our main argument is that conflict in the homeland creates a massive flow of information across various digital platforms and that while members of the diaspora eagerly take part in consuming and sharing this information, they do so reticently. Rather than simply explore the information flows, their intensity, their ‘spread’ or their content, we explore how individuals in the diaspora engage in emotion work, as they struggle between being ‘hailed’ by the images and messages flowing with ever-increasing intensity, speed and urgency and their reticence towards getting too involved.

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