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Framing disputes and organizational legitimation:UK-based Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora groups’ use of the ‘genocide’ frame since 2009


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Walton, O., 2015. Framing disputes and organizational legitimation:UK-based Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora groups’ use of the ‘genocide’ frame since 2009. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38 (6), pp. 959-975.

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    Abstract

    The ending of the war in Sri Lanka in 2009 led to significant changes in the political strategies pursued by Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora groups in the UK. One contentious feature of these groups’ campaigns has been their use of the ‘genocide’ frame to describe the actions of the Sri Lankan state, which has been predominantly viewed either as a signal of these groups’ strategic naivety or as a coded expression of a wider nationalist agenda. In this article I argue that its growing use in the post-war period is more complex and is best understood in relation to these organizations’ strategies of legitimation. Deploying the genocide frame has served two key functions: to demonstrate groups’ responsiveness to popular demands, and to challenge dominant international approaches to post-war Sri Lanka. Together these functions served to bolster groups’ legitimacy in an environment characterized by political change and high levels of inter-organizational competition.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsWalton, O.
    DOI10.1080/01419870.2014.948478
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    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
    Research CentresCentre for Development Studies
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code40755

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