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- DescriptionIn May 2009, the Sri Lankan army overwhelmed the last stronghold of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam-better kwn as the Tamil Tigers-officially bringing an end to nearly three decades of civil war. Although the war has ended, the place of mirities in Sri Lanka remains uncertain, t least because the lengthy conflict drove entire populations from their homes. The figures are jarring: for example, all of the roughly 80,000 Muslims in rthern Sri Lanka were expelled from the Tamil Tiger-controlled rth, and nearly half of all Sri Lankan Tamils were displaced during the course of the civil war. Sharika Thiranagama's In My Mother's House provides ethgraphic insight into two important groups of internally displaced people: rthern Sri Lankan Tamils and Sri Lankan Muslims. Through detailed engagement with ordinary people struggling to find a home in the world, Thiranagama explores the dynamics within and between these two mirity communities, describing how these relations were reshaped by violence, displacement, and authoritarianism. In doing so, she illuminates an often overlooked intramirity relationship and new social forms created through protracted war. In My Mother's House revolves around three major themes: ideas of home in the midst of profound displacement; transformations of familial experience; and the impact of the political violence-carried out by both the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan state-on ordinary lives and public speech. Her rare focus on the effects and responses to LTTE political regulation and violence demonstrates that envisioning a peaceful future for postconflict Sri Lanka requires taking stock of the new Tamil and Muslim identities forged by the civil war. These identities cant simply be cast away with the end of the war but must be negotiated anew.
- Author BiographySharika Thiranagama teaches anthropology at Stanford University. She is coeditor of Traitors: Suspicion, Intimacy, and the Ethics of State-Building, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press
- Author(s)Sharika Thiranagama
- PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Date of Publication16/10/2013
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleThe Ethnography of Political Violence Series
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Content Note2 illus.
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Foreword byGananath Obeyesekere
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