ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Partial Reckoning

Tamil Female Civil Space: Its Evolution and Decline in Tamil Eelam by N Malathy, Delhi: Aakar Books, 2019; pp 144, 395.


N Malathy’s Tamil Female Civil Space: Its Evolution and Decline in Tamil Eelam examines the ­politicisation of women that took place in Tamil society in the north and, to a lesser extent, in the east of Sri Lanka, in the wake of the struggle for national self-determination that was initiated in the 1970s. She foregrounds two traject­ories of change, as these unfolded under the aegis of the Liberation Tigers of ­Tamil Eelam (LTTE): a social initiative that mobilised women through consciousness raising and community work; and a militant political effort that resul­ted in a considerable number of women joining the armed struggle against the Sri Lankan state.

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Updated On : 14th Aug, 2021
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