Amarasingham’s Study of Sri Lankan Tamil Activism in Canada


Pain, Pride, and Politics: Social Movement Activism and the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in Canada …. As a product of Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation Series) Paperback – September 15, 2015


BIO-NOTE: “Amarnath Amarasingam, PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, and co-directs a study of Western foreign fighters based at the University of Waterloo. He is the author of Pain, Pride, and Politics: Sri Lankan Tamil Activism in Canada (2015). His research interests are in radicalization, terrorism, diaspora politics, post-war reconstruction, and the sociology of religion. He is the editor of Sri Lanka: The Struggle for Peace in the Aftermath of War (2016), the author of several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, has presented papers at over 100 national and international conferences, and has written for The New York Times, Politico, The Atlantic, Vice News, Foreign Affairs, and War on the Rocks.

Amarasingam is an experienced field researcher, having conducted hundreds of interviews for his PhD dissertation on social movement activism, organisational dynamics, and youth identity in the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora. He also conducted over 50 interviews with former fighters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers) throughout the former war zones of Sri Lanka in 2013 and 2014. He has also conducted field research in Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Lebanon, and Israel/Palestine. For his project on Western foreign fighters, he has spoken with dozens of injured fighters, refugees, and activists of the Syrian revolution, and has conducted numerous social media and in-person interviews with jihadists currently fighting in Syria and Iraq and those closest to them. “


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Published in 2016 • TSAS WP16-14
Lorne Dawson and Amarnath Amarasingam, and Alexandra Bain

Trying to Talk to Terrorists: Ethical and Methodological Challenges in Canada
Published in 2016 • TSAS WP16-13
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