ABSTRACT

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book deals with a diverse set of empirical sources, ranging from historical archives to laws, electoral results, qualitative interviews, newspapers, and magazine and internet articles. However, the central argument of the book has been more specific. When governments mobilize the diasporic language, the diasporic speech act allows them to engage in transnational practices of power that would otherwise be considered illegitimate. The changes in the rationalizations and practices of power are rooted in a longer history of governmental management of populations abroad, each originating from a specific set of interpretations of the social and political phenomena and dealing with specific ministries through the deployment of specific practices of power. The dynamic relations within the transnational political field between the habitus actors and the structure of the field explain the different political positions.