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Divides and dialogue in the diaspora during Sri Lanka’s civil war

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Camilla Orjuela
Publicerad i South Asian Diaspora
Volym 9
Nummer/häfte 1
Sidor 67-82
ISSN 1943-8192
Publiceringsår 2017
Publicerad vid Institutionen för globala studier, freds- och utvecklingsforskning
Sidor 67-82
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1080/19438192.2016.12...
Ämnesord diaspora politics; long-distance nationalism; dialogue; conflict; ethnic divides; Sri Lanka
Ämneskategorier Internationell Migration och Etniska Relationer (IMER), Freds- och utvecklingsforskning, Freds- och konfliktforskning

Sammanfattning

In the armed conflict in Sri Lanka (1983–2009), the diaspora was actively involved, most importantly through its financial and political support to the Tamil separatists. This article explores the dynamics within the diaspora itself, looking at how conflict divides were maintained and reshaped outside Sri Lanka, but also at the possibilities for dialogue. It studies both Sinhalese and Tamils in the diaspora and enquires into their experiences of interaction with the ethnic other. Based on multi-sited fieldwork carried out during the latter phase of the war, it maps meeting spaces in the host countries and discusses how divides were entrenched or bridged in these spaces. The reversed majority–minority relations between the two groups are discussed, as are the perceptions that dialogue attempts can be a way of co-optation and an activity in which divides are confirmed rather than overcome.

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