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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ISBN-13: 9780820348131
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Series: Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation Series , #22
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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 and Religion and the New Atheism: A Critical Appraisal.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Part I Civil War in Sri Lanka and the Birth of the Tamil Diaspora

Chapter 1 The Rise and Fall of Tamil Militancy in Sri Lanka 15

Chapter 2 Tamil Migration to Canada: The Turbulent 1980s and the Birth of a Community 70

Part II The Tamil Diaspora as a Social Movement

Chapter 3 Taking to the Streets: Diaspora Mobilization, Frame Wars, and the 2009 Protests 97

Chapter 4 New Leadership, New Organizations, and New Hurdles 142

Chapter 5 Tamil Youth and Postwar Movement Identity 169

Conclusion 195

Notes 201

References 203

Index 227

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Pain, Pride, and Politics: Social Movement Activism and the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in Canada 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pain, Pride, and Politics is required reading, not simply for those studying the Tamil diaspora or Canadian multiculturalism, but for anyone wanting to better understand broader trends occurring within transnational diasporic social movements. Amarasingam convincingly argues that, not unlike diasporic religion, diasporic politics is directed as much by the cultural and organizational developments of the diaspora as it is by events in the homeland. Brimming with the personal experiences of the author (who narrowly escaped death in northern Sri Lanka before relocating to Canada as a child in the 1980s) as well as personal interviews with former LTTE combatants and senior Canadian civil servants and politicians, this book reads more like faced-paced investigative journalism than the usual dry academic scrawl. The first chapter ("The Rise and Fall of Tamil Militancy in Sri Lanka") is alone worth the price of the book as it provides the only integrated account of the disintegration of Tamil-Sinhala relations from 1944 to 2009 and the resulting war in Sri Lanka. Despite the fact that Amarasingam is an insider, his analysis is impartial and razor-sharp. No one gets off easy in the author's very skillful analysis of an extremely difficult subject. If you are still reading this review, buy the book, but first be sure to clear your schedule because Pain, Pride, and Politics is addictive reading.