Department ofAnthropology


Faculty Publication: Mythri Jegathesan

"Deficient realities: expertise and uncertainty among tea plantation workers in Sri Lanka," September 2015 issue of Dialectical Anthropology. Often eclipsed within representations of the country’s civil and political conflict, Malaiyaha or Hill Country Tamils, who primarily reside and work on Sri Lanka’s tea plantations, have experienced protracted forms of discrimination that directly result from social and economic matrices of escalating civil violence, legal and affective exclusion, and neoliberal policies of worker dispossession.The article details encounters of economic and bodily uncertainty among Tamil plantation workers and their responses to sustained marginalization in the context of militarized postwar Sri Lanka. The article is one of four in a special themed section on militarization and dispossession in postwar Sri Lanka and can be read here.