Superdiverse Diaspora

Everyday Identifications of Tamil Migrants in Britain

  • Demelza Jones

Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 225-255

About this book


Drawing on in-depth qualitative research, this book provides a nuanced picture of the everyday identifications experienced and expressed among the superdiverse Tamil migrant population in Britain. It presents the first detailed analysis of the narrative and experiences of Tamils from a diversity of backgrounds – including Sri Lankan, Indian, Singaporean and Malaysian – and addresses the question of their identification with a ‘Tamil diaspora’ in Britain. 


Theoretically informed by Brubaker’s conception of ‘diaspora as process’ and Werbner’s notion of diasporas as both ‘aesthetic’ and ‘moral’ communities, Jones examines political engagements alongside other, less studied, ‘frames’ of Tamil migrants’ lives: social relationships (local and transnational), the domestic space of home, and performances of faith and ritual. Considering diaspora as a process or practice allows the author to reveal a complex landscape upon which ‘being Tamil’ and ‘doing Tamil-ness’ in diaspora are diversely enacted.


Combining original ethnographic research with a theoretical engagement in the key debates in migration, diaspora, ethnicity and superdiversity studies, this book makes a novel contribution to scholarship on Tamil populations and will advance critical understandings of the concept of ‘diaspora’ more generally.



Tamil Diaspora Migration Britain Sri Lanka diversity ethnic community ethnography

Authors and affiliations

  • Demelza Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Natural and Social SciencesUniversity of GloucestershireCheltenhamUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-28387-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-28388-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2662-2580
  • Series Online ISSN 2662-2599
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