Whose Congo? Understanding Diaspora-Homeland Perceptions and Transnational Political Engagement in the Congolese (DRC) Diaspora in Belgium
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The scope of this project is to explore the intersection of diaspora-homeland perceptions and transnational political engagement. Research has already proven that the Congolese diaspora in Belgium is involved in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) politics, but little research has been done examining how the diaspora perceives the homeland. Analyzing studies of immigrants and other scholarship about the diaspora, this thesis suggests that the diaspora’s perceptions of the homeland and engagement in the homeland are mutually enforcing, mirroring a Foucauldian image of knowledge and power. As a result, the diaspora is slowly drifting away from the DRC, as it actively seeks to create a specific version of the Congolese state. In an increasingly fluid and globalized world, examining how immigrants view and interact with the homeland can help better explain transnational phenomena.