Refugees, Citizenship and Belonging in South Asia

Contested Terrains

Authors: Chowdhory, Nasreen

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  • Focuses on problems of belonging of Sri Lankan Tamils and Chakma refugees in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
  • Provides a deeper understanding and critique of the citizenship debate in postcolonial states in South Asia
  • Includes narratives of experiences of forced migration, refugeehood and repatriation in South Asia
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This book examines forced migration of two refugees groups in South Asia. The author discusses the claims of “belonging” of refugees, and asserts that in practice “belonging” can extend beyond the state-centric understanding of membership in South Asian states. She addresses two sets of interrelated questions: what factors determine whether refugees are relocated to their home countries in South Asia, and why do some repatriated groups re-integrate more successfully than others in “post-peace” South Asian states? This book answers these questions through a study of refugees from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh who sought asylum in India and were later relocated to their countries of origin. Since postcolonial societies have a typical kind of state-formation, in South Asia’s case this has profoundly shaped questions of belonging and membership. The debate tends to focus on citizenship, making it a benchmark to demarcate inclusion and exclusion in South Asian states. In addition to qualitative analysis, this book includes narratives of Sri Lankan and Chakma refugees in post-conflict and post-peace Sri Lanka and Bangladesh respectively, and critiques the impact of macro policies from the bottom up. 


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Nasreen Chowdhory is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. She received her PhD in Political Science from McGill University. She has published several research papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals such as International Journal of Migration Studies, Refugee Watch: A South Asia Journal on Forced Migration, Peace Prints, etc. She has received the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship during 1999–2003 and was also a recipient of JRD Tata Award in 1998–1999.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-14

    Chowdhory, Nasreen

  • The Idea of ‘Belonging’ and Citizenship Among Refugees: Some Theoretical Considerations

    Pages 15-41

    Chowdhory, Nasreen

  • State Formation, Marginality and Belonging: Contextualizing Rights of Refugees in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

    Pages 43-71

    Chowdhory, Nasreen

  • The Politics of Accommodation and the Rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka

    Pages 73-106

    Chowdhory, Nasreen

  • The Policies of Belonging in Bangladesh: The Chakma Refugees in the Chittagong Hill Tracts

    Pages 107-143

    Chowdhory, Nasreen

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Refugees, Citizenship and Belonging in South Asia
Book Subtitle
Contested Terrains
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-0197-1
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-0197-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-0196-4
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-4357-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 181
Number of Illustrations
3 illustrations in colour
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