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In My Mother's House


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Foreword by Gananath Obeyesekere
1. Growing Up at War: Self Formation, Individuality, and the LTTE
2. The House of Secrets: Mothers, Daughters, and Inheritance
3. From Muslims to Northern Muslims: Ethnicity, Eviction, and Displacement
4. Becoming of This Place? Northern Muslim Futures After Eviction
5. The Generation of Militancy: Generation, Gender, and Self-Transformation
6. Conclusions from Tamil Colombo

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About the Author

Sharika Thiranagama teaches anthropology at Stanford University. She is coeditor of Traitors: Suspicion, Intimacy, and the Ethics of State-Building, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press


"As an anthropologist, Thiranagama is interested in how uncontrollable eruptions of violence dislocate people's lives. . . . [In My Mother's House] leaves a profound sense of the victims' unfathomable losses."-Foreign Affairs

"The ethnographic In My Mother's House . . . places Sri Lanka's conflict in its right time-frame, bringing back into the discussion the history before 2009, and how the violence that people experienced over three decades changed lives and society forever."-The Hindu

"Through a series of deeply moving narratives, Thiranagama analyzes the multiplicity of Tamil identifications in Jaffna and brings stories of Muslims back into academic understandings of the war. Thiranagama has written a fantastic and fascinating first book."-Journal of Asian Studies

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