"Who are we? Sudanese!” : Sudanese Revolution and national identity formation within the Sudanese American diasporic community

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Yathrip Makawi Abdelgadir (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Sefika Kumral

Abstract: Since its inception, the state of Sudan has had a divided national identity and has a history tainted by ethnic and tribal conflict and divisions. As people migrate, these divisions seem to follow. The purpose of this study is to identify the impact of the 2018-2019 Sudanese Revolution on ethnic and tribal divisions within the Sudanese American diaspora in Greensboro, NC. To do this, I completed 20 in-depth interviews with Sudanese Americans to speak about their experiences in the diaspora, the Sudanse Revolution, and the de-ethnicization process within the diaspora in Greensboro, NC. To build this study, I explore Sudanese migration to the US, definitions of nationalism, social movement mobilization, diaspora identity formation, and civil society. This research fills a gap in the literature by presenting national identity building in the Sudanese diaspora community and the role of an external event on this identity. The results presented in this study indicate that the Sudanese Revolution heavily influenced the de-ethnicization process within the diaspora community. Sudanese Americans in Greensboro found that the revolution united the community by identifying a common goal: a better Sudan.

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Language: English
Date: 2022
Diaspora, Ethnic division, Nationalism, Sudanese identity, Sudanese Revolution
Sudanese Americans $z North Carolina $z Greensboro $x Ethnic identity
Sudan $x Politics and government $y 21st century
Sudan $x Emigration and immigration
African diaspora

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