Life on the Outside: Tamil Diaspora and Long Distance Nationalism (Anthropology, Culture and Society)

Life on the Outside: Tamil Diaspora and Long Distance Nationalism (Anthropology, Culture and Society)

By: Oivind Fuglerud (author)Paperback

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'The Fuglerud study is a prototype for any anthropologist or political scientist working on a politicised-radicalised Diaspora.' Ethnic Conflict Research Digest 'This book about a recent immigrant group (Sri Lankan Tamils) in a European liberal democracy (Norway) is paradigmatic for how the anthropology of a displaced population ought to be done anywhere in the western world...Based on extensive field research in Norway and brief but insightful research in Sri Lanka, Life on the Outside is an elegant and effective blend of theory and ethnography. One of the very best in refugee studies to date.' E. Valentine Daniel, Columbia University This study of the Tamil diaspora is one of the first full ethnographic studies of a post-colonial migrant community, and a major contribution to the study of migration, globalisation, identity politics and 'long distance' nationalism from an anthropological perspective. Fuglerud's study traces the history of Tamil migration, from the arrival of the economic migrants of the 1960s to the 'asylum seekers' of the mid 1980s onwards. He draws unnerving parallels between the status of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka, as a beleaguered and persecuted minority waging a war of liberation, and as a displaced, marginalised and excluded refugee community. Fuglerud argues that, in the process of displacement, particular aspects of Tamil culture - marriage, dowry, chastity and ritual - acquire a heightened significance. He examines the contradictions and inconsistencies which characterise the Tamil refugee communities, and the success of revolutionary Tamil nationalism in exile, highlighting the transnational nature of identity politics.

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Oivind Fuglerud is a former Red Cross worker in the NGO/voluntary sector and now an academic researcher in Oslo.


1. Introduction 2. History and Nationalism 3. Semantics of Terror 4. Migration to Norway 5. Fields and Boundaries 6. Money, Marriage and Meaning 7. The Ethnic Interface 8. The Nature of Tradition 9. From the Traditional to the Revolutionary 10. Between Nation and State Bibliography Index

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  • publication date: 12/02/1999
  • ISBN13: 9780745314334
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 212
  • ID: 9780745314334
  • weight: 231
  • ISBN10: 0745314333

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