The New Face of Diaspora: Neoliberalism in action


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This project, which builds on my research on diaspora-homeland relations for Croatians, addresses a relatively recent phenomenon that is the changing face of diaspora engagement with the Croatian homeland. While the older generation of diaspora Croats was preoccupied with political change, the new and younger generation of diaspora Croats eager to participate in homeland affairs, has become actively involved in promoting neoliberal strategies and approaches to the emergent Croatian market economy. How do homeland Croats facing new pressures to conform to European Union criteria for inclusion into an expanded Europe, respond to the recent efforts of diaspora Croats to “aid” in their efforts to shed the stigma of Croatians as a Balkan peoples, mired in ethno-nationalist conflict to one characterized by entrepreneurship and progress.

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