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Caste and Nation-Building: Constructing Vellalah Identity in Jaffna


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Title: Caste and Nation-Building: Constructing Vellalah Identity in Jaffna
Authors: Jeeweshwara Räsänen, Bahirathy
E-mail: bahirathyjr@yahoo.co.in
Issue Date: 13-Nov-2015
University: Göteborgs universitet. Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten
University of Gothenburg. Faculty of Social Sciences
Institution: School of Global Studies, Peace and Development Research ; Institutionen för globala studier, freds- och utvecklingsforskning
Date of Defence: 2015-11-19
Disputation: Room 326, 1-3 pm, at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Publication type: Doctoral thesis
Keywords: Vellalah identity, nation-building, Tamils, caste, negotiation, cultural schema, identification arena
Abstract: This doctoral thesis explores the meanings and practices associated with Vellalah identity in the context of the Tamil nationalist project in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Given that caste is a culturally sensitive identity and practice among Tamils, I investigate how the dominant caste identity was constructed, (re)negotiated and transformed. I do this via a case study on Vellalah identity by looking at the construction of Vellalah identity historically, as well as in contemporary Jaffna, with a main focu... more
ISBN: 978-91-628-9607-2
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/40771
Appears in Collections:Doctoral Theses from University of Gothenburg / Doktorsavhandlingar från Göteborgs universitet
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