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Vertical living: transnational urbanisation and diasporic returns to Wellawatte/Colombo, Sri Lanka


Thurairajah, Tanuja; Hollenbach, Pia; Alluri, Rina (2019). Vertical living: transnational urbanisation and diasporic returns to Wellawatte/Colombo, Sri Lanka. South Asian Diaspora:Epub ahead of print.

Abstract

The end of the violent conflict in 2009 and subsequent political changes in Sri Lanka post-2015 has opened a window for the return of the Tamil diaspora. The journey that began with the exodus of the Tamils from the North to Colombo, particularly Wellawatte, continued for those who fled the Island while others opted to stay back. The returning Tamil diaspora find Wellawatte as a place of arrival, transition and resettlement. This article looks at how the returning Tamil diaspora become embedded in Wellawatte by investing in condominium units and thereby becoming involved in transforming neighbourhoods. Empirical data from 32 qualitative interviews provide insight into social challenges and transitions that are part of the return migration process, and how a neighbourhood becomes a place of contested co-living as a result of different expectations, visions and aspirations.

Abstract

The end of the violent conflict in 2009 and subsequent political changes in Sri Lanka post-2015 has opened a window for the return of the Tamil diaspora. The journey that began with the exodus of the Tamils from the North to Colombo, particularly Wellawatte, continued for those who fled the Island while others opted to stay back. The returning Tamil diaspora find Wellawatte as a place of arrival, transition and resettlement. This article looks at how the returning Tamil diaspora become embedded in Wellawatte by investing in condominium units and thereby becoming involved in transforming neighbourhoods. Empirical data from 32 qualitative interviews provide insight into social challenges and transitions that are part of the return migration process, and how a neighbourhood becomes a place of contested co-living as a result of different expectations, visions and aspirations.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cultural Studies, Sociology and Political Science, Anthropology
Language:English
Date:9 April 2019
Deposited On:07 Aug 2019 11:41
Last Modified:07 Aug 2019 11:42
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1943-8184
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/19438192.2019.1602105

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