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Strangers at home: narratives of northern Muslim returnees in post-war Sri Lanka

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Diotima Chattoraj ,

University of Brunei Darussalam, BN
About Diotima
Diotima Chattoraj is a doctorate (with distinction magna-cum-laude) from the Department of International Development Studies (IEE) in Ruhr-University Bochum Germany. Her doctoral study is based on the different kinds of attachments that the displaced Sri Lankan Tamils have to their places of origin in post-war days. Presently, at University Brunei Darussalam, she is involved in the Research Project "Skill Mobility from ASEAN countries: A cost-benefit Analysis" which argues that sending countries lose skill which cannot be offset or justified by the remittances inflow. In addition, she is working on Rohingya issues. She has published an article and acted as a peer reviewer for a couple of journals. Her research areas include forced migration, development, ethnicity, international relations, and boundary-making.
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Eva Gerharz

Fulda University of Applied Sciences, DE
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Abstract

This article focuses on the experiences, aspirations and challenges of Sri Lankan Muslim returnees to northern part of Sri Lanka in Jaffna and analyses their strategies to cope with the ambivalent situation thereafter. The empirical point of departure is drawn from the stories of three Muslim returnees in Jaffna who returned from different parts of Sri Lanka. The article finds that the Muslim returnees conceptualise home as a place where they can have a “better future” than the displaced location where they stayed for so long. The authors argue that this unveils the different kinds of attachment they have to their homes through memories, emotions and material and immaterial properties. There exists feelings of alienation and detachment from their homes among some. Furthermore, their aspirations of a good life seem to be decaying in their homes after their return.

How to Cite: Chattoraj, D. and Gerharz, E., 2019. Strangers at home: narratives of northern Muslim returnees in post-war Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences, 42(2), pp.113–126. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljss.v42i2.7686
Published on 26 Dec 2019.
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