Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2015

Course Name

PS201 - Political Science Research Writing


Hillary Parsons Dick


Historical & Political Studies; College of Arts & Sciences


Nationalism has played an important role in the birth of separatist movements through isolation or conformity on the minority population by the majority. By adding the examples of the Uyghurs of China and the Tamils of Sri Lanka to the assumptions posed by researchers, this paper reveals that a procedure is followed by the minority group. Although the Uyghurs and the Tamils are two different groups located in different countries, they both follow a methodology that leads them to pursue their call for independence, which is illustrated through their reaction to the majority group. This systematic process is attributed to the constant pressure and attacks of the minority groups by the majority population and the majoritarian government, indirectly becoming the source for separatist movements.