(Re)creating Home: The Lived and Gendered Experiences of Tamil Women in Sydney, Australia

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Abstract

In Sri Lankan society, women’s stories are often marginalised
and/or silenced, despite the insights into experiences of war and displacement
these stories have. Gender plays a fundamental role in our understanding
of war since it affects how past lived experiences become situated
in everyday resettlement practices in the home. I present the stories of
Anjali and Jayamala—two Tamil refugee women—through a gendered lens
about the war and their everyday experiences of resettling and (re)creating
home in Sydney, Australia. In this research, I walked through, and filmed,
their homes as they shared their stories and histories. To understand the
construction of their homes, I explore how Anjali and Jayamala’s stories
revealed past and present lived experiences, emotions and practices, refracted
through the material and symbolic spaces of their homes. The multilayered
home and everyday practices remind us that memory, identity and place are
tightly woven together, especially when implicated by conflict.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Sense of Viidu
Subtitle of host publicationThe (Re)creation of Home by the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in Australia
EditorsNiro Kandasamy, Nirukshi Perera, Charishma Ratnam
Place of PublicationGateway East Singapore
PublisherPalgrave Pivot
Chapter9
Pages119-135
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9789811513695
ISBN (Print)9789811513688
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Cite this

Ratnam, C. (2020). (Re)creating Home: The Lived and Gendered Experiences of Tamil Women in Sydney, Australia. In N. Kandasamy, N. Perera, & C. Ratnam (Eds.), A Sense of Viidu: The (Re)creation of Home by the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in Australia (pp. 119-135). Palgrave Pivot.