Ecuador has emerged as a good case study of the interactions between diasporas and their countries of origin. The recent enactment of external voting rights has mirrored a novel political discourse which emphasises the positive contribution of ‘emigrant brothers’ and their unbroken allegiance to their homeland. Expatriate reactions to these new political developments are at the core of our article, which heuristically reconstructs the social roots and meanings of expatriate participation in the constitutional referendum held in . Questionnaires were simultaneously administered to Ecuadorean voters in nine cities in seven countries. Based on this innovative convenience sample, the expectations and motivations underlying people’s electoral involvement and civic participation are explored against the background of transnational connections and attachments. An understanding of voters’ involvement on a terrain of symbolic patriotism, identity reassertion and ‘home re-evocation’ – rather than in strictly electoral terms – is advanced. External voting – whatever its impact on domestic politics – should be appreciated as an institutional opportunity for migrants’ national identification and belonging to be represented.
|Titolo:||Building Democracy or Reproducing ‘Ecuadoreanness’? A Transnational Exploration of Ecuadorean Migrants’ External Voting|
|Autori:||Boccagni, Paolo; Jacques, Ramirez|
|Titolo del periodico:||JOURNAL OF LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES|
|Anno di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Numero e parte del fascicolo:||45(4)|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-84888085023|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03.1 Articolo su rivista (Journal article)|