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Pain, Pride, and Politics: Social Movement Activism and the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in Canada Paperback – Sep 15 2015

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (Sept. 15 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820348139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820348131
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #478,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amarasingam&#39;s impressive, clearly written study provides, at once, a fascinating account of the complex politics of the Sri Lankan Tamil community in Canada and a significant reappraisal of diaspora theory.<i></i> (Mark P. Whitaker author of Learning Politics from Sivaram: The Life and Death of a Revolutionary Tamil Journalist in Sri Lanka)

Written from the perspective of a critical insider, this engaging book helps us to make sense of the fractious complexity of Tamil diaspora politics since the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2009. Its innovative angle on diaspora as a social movement points to ways of understanding how and why diasporas have become such important players on the global scene. <i></i> (Nicholas Van Hear, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford)

The end of military conflict in Sri Lanka has ushered in new political and intellectual space to analyze war, violence, and displacement in the country. In this book, Amarasingam deftly excavates the meaning and politics of the Sri Lankan Tamildiaspora abroad, research that would not have been possible even a decade ago. An original and captivating read.<b></b> (Jennifer Hyndman, Director, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University)

This book is an insightful and courageous examination of Tamil political dynamics and a significant addition to diaspora studies.<i></i> (R. Cheran, University of Windsor)

This is an excellent volume that revises currently accepted analytical frameworks on diasporic communities through a balanced and scholarly analysis of diasporic Tamil activism in Canada at a time when the separatist Tamil movement was being crushed in Sri Lanka. Amarasingam is able to provide a fascinating picture of the motivations for, the complexity of, and the divisions within Tamil activist organizations in Canada. (Chandra R. de Silva, Old Dominion University)

Combining depth of qualitative data and keen theoretical insight, Amarasingam provides us with a richly textured and comprehensive account of the political activism of the large Canadian Tamil diaspora since the disastrous defeat of the Tamil Tigers. Delineating the complex struggle to transform an ethnonationalist separatist movement into an international campaign for the protection of human rights in Sri Lanka, this is essential reading for scholars interested in the analysis of diasporic social movements. <i></i> (Lorne L. Dawson, University of Waterloo)

This is an important and path-breaking book on the relationship of the Sri LankanTamil diaspora in Canada with the Tamil struggle for survival and self-determination in Sri Lanka. (Prema A. Kurien, Syracuse University)

This book will interest not only those interested in Tamil diasporic politics in Canada but also would interest any reader wanting to know broader trends in diasporic social movements. (Siva Sivapragasam Monsoon Journal)

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How Tamils in Canada responded to armed conflict back home in Sri Lanka

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