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.
|Publisher:||University of Georgia Press|
|Series:||Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation Series , #22|
|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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.