Embodied migration: performance practices of diasporic Sri Lankan Tamil communities in London

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/300688
Title:
Embodied migration: performance practices of diasporic Sri Lankan Tamil communities in London
Authors:
David, Ann R.
Abstract:
This paper examines issues of embodied performativity and transmission of dance practices amongst Sri Lankan Tamil Hindus in the suburbs of London, focussing on how the experience of migration has shaped the making of cultural and ethnic identities. Using data gathered from recent ethnographic work in British Tamil temples and in the Tamil community, it addresses the complex discourse between the religious and political sense of selfhood articulated in these Sri Lankan Tamil groups, particularly in relation to dance and ritual performance, and seeks to answer questions regarding the place of dance and movement in defining such identity. In addition, I note the expansion in transmission and performance of the classical dance form of Bharatanatyam in British temple locations and the presence of trance dancing at Hindu festivals, and question how investigating migration as embodied practice might lead to greater understanding of such highly politicised contexts.
Publisher:
Routledge
Journal:
Journal of Intercultural Studies
Issue Date:
17-Aug-2012
URI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07256868.2012.693815
DOI:
10.1080/07256868.2012.693815
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0725-6868
EISSN:
1469-9540
Appears in Collections:
Department of Dance Collection; Department of Dance Collection

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dc.contributor.authorDavid, Ann R.en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-03T13:16:19Z-
dc.date.available2013-09-03T13:16:19Z-
dc.date.issued2012-08-17-
dc.identifier.issn0725-6868-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/07256868.2012.693815-
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07256868.2012.693815-
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines issues of embodied performativity and transmission of dance practices amongst Sri Lankan Tamil Hindus in the suburbs of London, focussing on how the experience of migration has shaped the making of cultural and ethnic identities. Using data gathered from recent ethnographic work in British Tamil temples and in the Tamil community, it addresses the complex discourse between the religious and political sense of selfhood articulated in these Sri Lankan Tamil groups, particularly in relation to dance and ritual performance, and seeks to answer questions regarding the place of dance and movement in defining such identity. In addition, I note the expansion in transmission and performance of the classical dance form of Bharatanatyam in British temple locations and the presence of trance dancing at Hindu festivals, and question how investigating migration as embodied practice might lead to greater understanding of such highly politicised contexts.en_GB
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherRoutledgeen_GB
dc.subjectIndian danceen_GB
dc.subjectmigrationen_GB
dc.subjectBharatanatyamen_GB
dc.subjectTamil communityen_GB
dc.subjectpossessionen_GB
dc.subjecttranceen_GB
dc.subjectritual performanceen_GB
dc.titleEmbodied migration: performance practices of diasporic Sri Lankan Tamil communities in Londonen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1469-9540-
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Intercultural Studiesen_GB
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