Everyday Ethnicity in Sri Lanka: Up-country Tamil Identity by Daniel Bass

By Daniel Bass

Focusing on notions of diaspora, id and employer, this publication examines ethnicity in war-torn Sri Lanka. It highlights the ancient improvement and negotiation of a brand new identity of Up-country Tamil amidst Sri Lanka’s violent ethnic politics.

Over the prior thirty years, Up-country (Indian) Tamils typically have attempted to safe their imaginative and prescient of residing inside of a multi-ethnic Sri Lanka, now not inside of Tamil Eelam, the separatist dream that ended with the civil battle in 2009. Exploring Sri Lanka in the deep background of colonial-era South Asian plantation diasporas, the booklet argues Up-country Tamils shape a "diaspora next-door" to their ancestral fatherland. It strikes past simplistic Sinhala-Tamil binaries and exhibits how Sri Lanka’s ethnic issues even have extra in universal with related battles that diasporic Indians have confronted in Fiji and Trinidad than with Hindu-Muslim communalism in neighbouring India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Shedding new gentle on problems with enterprise, citizenship, displacement and re-placement in the formation of diasporic groups and identities, this booklet demonstrates the ways in which tradition employees, together with politicians, exchange union leaders, lecturers and NGO employees, have facilitated the improvement of a brand new identification as Up-country Tamil. it's of curiosity to teachers operating within the fields of recent South Asia, diaspora, violence, post-conflict countries, faith and ethnicity.

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