Pathways of Dissent: Tamil Nationalism in Sri Lanka endeavours to fill this important academic gap through its collection of ten in-depth essays that present a wide perspective of the subject. The book holistically portrays Tamil nationalism from various disciplinary perspectives like history, political science, international relations, art, literature, sociology and anthropology. In doing so, it tries to understand the nature of nationalism as it emerges in these areas and adds to the richness and complexity of the problem.
The significance of this collection is not only its breadth of vision, but also the origins of the hypotheses. The essays cite primary sources from Tamil society and culture that are not usually referred to. It is the first multi-disciplinary collection of essays exploring the state of Sri Lankan Tamils and their nationalistic moorings. The book succeeds in adding further scholarship to the academic debate centred on nationalism, politics, sociology and ethnic conflicts. Academics and readers with a focus on ethnic conflicts, peace studies, nationalism, Tamil politics and society and South Asian history will find the book to be an essential reference source.
|Pathways of Dissent: An Introduction to Tamil Nationalism in Sri Lanka||R Cheran|
|Nationalism, Historiography and Archaeology in Sri Lanka||S K Sitrampalam|
|Towards Understanding Militant Tamil Nationalism in Sri Lanka||Ravi Vaitheespara|
|Brides as Bridges? Movements, Actors, Documents and Anticipation in Constructing Tamilness||Sidharthan Maunaguru|
|Configuring Spaces and Constructing Nations in Sri Lankan Tamil Literature||Chelva Kanaganayakam|
|Painting the Artist's Self: Location, Relocation and the Metamorphosis||T Shanaathanan|
|Being Tamil in a Different Way: A Feminist Critique of the Tamil Nation||Radhika Coomaraswamy and Nimanthi Perera-Rajasingham|
|Making Sense of the Census in Sri Lanka: Up-country Tamils and Sri Lankan Tamil Nationalism||Daniel Bass|
|The Economics of Tamil Nationalism: Evolution and Challenges||V Nithiyanandam|
|Nationalism in the Era of Neo-liberalism: The Changing Global Parameters of Self-determination and Statehood||Rajesh Venugopal|
|Appendix: Jaffna Youth Radicalism: The 1920s and 1930s||Santasilan Kadirgamar|