Title

Identity Formations in the Sinhala Transnational Community in Canada

Standing

Graduate (PhD)

Type of Proposal

Oral Research Presentation

Challenges Theme

Building Viable, Healthy and Safe Communities

Your Location

Windsor

Faculty

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty Sponsor

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology

Abstract/Description of Original Work

Identity Formations in the Sinhala Transnational Community in Canada

In this paper, I will provide an overview of the Sinhala transnational community in Canada from a historical perspective. Thereafter, I will discuss the formations of transnational identities in the context of social, cultural and political life of the Sinhala community. The issue of racism experienced in the Canadian labor market is also addressed. The discussion is framed within the notion of nation as an ideological construct.

Participant observation, in-depth interviewing, and document analysis were used to collect data. Ethnographic research was mainly carried out in Toronto.

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Identity Formations in the Sinhala Transnational Community in Canada

Identity Formations in the Sinhala Transnational Community in Canada

In this paper, I will provide an overview of the Sinhala transnational community in Canada from a historical perspective. Thereafter, I will discuss the formations of transnational identities in the context of social, cultural and political life of the Sinhala community. The issue of racism experienced in the Canadian labor market is also addressed. The discussion is framed within the notion of nation as an ideological construct.

Participant observation, in-depth interviewing, and document analysis were used to collect data. Ethnographic research was mainly carried out in Toronto.