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Tamil Identity in Sri Lanka: A Secular State of Becoming

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dc.contributor.advisor Weiss, Rick
dc.contributor.advisor Radich, Michael Perinpanayagam, Anushka 2011-08-29T23:31:32Z 2011-08-29T23:31:32Z 2008 2008 2008
dc.description.abstract Since the island nation of Sri Lanka attained independence in 1948, it has experienced periods of civil unrest marked by riots and government implemented curfews. In the mid-1980s this agitation erupted into civil war between two parties: the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan government. Each is associated with a different ethnic group and a very particular nationalist rhetoric. Kristian Stokke and Anne Kirsti Ryntveit, "The Struggle For Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka,”Growth and Change 31 (2000): 285. The LTTE, a group of militant separatists, claims to represent the Tamil population of the north and east, while the Sri Lankan government is mostly comprised of politicians belonging to the island's ethnic majority - the Sinhalese. Serena Tennekoon, "Newspaper Nationalism: Sinhala Identity as Historical Discourse," in Sri Lanka: History and the Roots of Conflict, ed. Jonathon Spencer (London: Routledge, 1990), 205. en_NZ
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dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject None offered en_NZ
dc.title Tamil Identity in Sri Lanka: A Secular State of Becoming en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 440299 Religion and Religious Studies not Elsewhere Classified en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Religious Studies en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Master's en_NZ Master of Arts en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified en_NZ

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