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Pain, Pride, and Politics: Social Movement Activism and the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in Canada

Pain, Pride, and Politics: Social Movement Activism and the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in Canada

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Pain, Pride, and Politics is an examination of diasporic politics based on a case study of Sri Lankan Tamils in Canada, with particular focus on activism between December 2008 and May 2009. Amarnath Amarasingam analyzes the reactions of diasporic Tamils in Canada at a time when the separatist Tamil movement was being crushed by the Sri Lankan armed forces and revises currently accepted analytical frameworks relating to diasporic communities. This book adds to our understanding of a particular diasporic group, while contributing to the theoretical literature in the area.

Throughout, Amarasingam argues that transnational diasporic mobilization is at times determined and driven as much by internal organizational and communal developments as by events in their countries of origin, a phenomenon that has received relatively little attention in the scholarly literature. His work provides an in-depth examination of the ways in which a separatist sociopolitical movement beginning in Sri Lanka is carried forward, altered, and adapted by the diaspora and the struggles that are involved in this process.

Author: Amarnath Amarasingam
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Published: 09/15/2015
Pages: 248
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 8.90h x 6.00w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9780820348131

About the Author
AMARNATH AMARASINGAM is the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University, professor of religion at Wilfrid Laurier University, and lecturer at University of Waterloo. He is the editor of The Stewart/Colbert Effect: Essays on the Real Impacts of Fake News (McFarland, 2011) and Religion and the New Atheism: A Critical Appraisal.

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