Displacement among Sri Lankan Tamil Migrants: The Diasporic Search for Home in the Aftermath of War
Book by Diotima Chattoraj;
Review by Giorgia Donà
Giorgia Donà of the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging, University of East London reviews Displacement among Sri Lankan Tamil Migrants: The Diasporic Search for Home in the Aftermath of War by Diotima Chattoraj. This study on the diasporic search for home in the aftermath of war among Sri Lankan Tamils presents us with a timely analysis of the meaning of “home” across contexts of displacements. The book foregrounds the voices of Tamil-speaking Hindus and Muslims and offers a vivid account of their shifting and divergent migratory trajectories. Ethnography documents forced migration both in Sri Lanka and in India, tracing the daily lives of displaced people in rural areas, urban spaces, and welfare centers — close to “home” yet unreachable. Additionally, the book considers the idea of return and connects migration with the im/possibility of going back to one’s place of origin.
Read the book review at https://doi.org/10.1177/01979183231172118.