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Civil Society in Making: Challenges of the Somali Diaspora Organizations

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Marja Tiilikainen ,

Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, FI
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Abdirizak Hassan Mohamed

School of Business and Economics, University of Jyväskylä, FI
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Abstract

This article contributes to the discussion on migrants and civil society by directing attention towards the importance of transnational processes. Somali organizations in Finland will be addressed against the state-failure and conflict in Somalia. Among the Somalis, an NGO largely remains an alien and donor-driven concept, whereas clan, religious affiliations and associational structures may be blurred in complex ways. There is a need to rethink the concept of ‘civil society’ and how it could be analytically used in understanding transnational civic participation. The data comprises interviews with INGOs as well as observations and discussions with Somali associations.
How to Cite: Tiilikainen, M. and Mohamed, A.H., 2013. Civil Society in Making: Challenges of the Somali Diaspora Organizations. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 3(1), pp.40–48. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2478/v10202-012-0013-9
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Published on 01 Mar 2013.
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