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Nationalism, Development and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka

Nationalism, Development and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka


Part of South Asia in the Social Sciences

  • Date Published: October 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108428798
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  • This book examines the relationship between ethnic conflict and economic development in modern Sri Lanka. Drawing on a historically informed political sociology, it explores how the economic and the ethnic have encountered one another, focusing in particular on the phenomenon of Sinhala nationalism. In doing so, the book engages with some of the central issues in contemporary Sri Lanka: why has the ethnic conflict been so protracted, and so resistant to solution? What explains the enduring political significance of Sinhala nationalism? What is the relationship between market reform and conflict? Why did the Norwegian-sponsored peace process collapse? How is the Rajapaksa phenomenon to be understood? The topical spread of the book is broad, covering the evolution of peasant agriculture, land scarcity, state welfarism, nationalist ideology, party systems, political morality, military employment, business elites, market reforms, and development aid.

    • Employs an interdisciplinary approach cutting across economics, political science, sociology, anthropology and human geography
    • Written in a lucid and accessible language which would be of appeal to both academics and general readers
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    22nd Jun 2019 by Dicklelo

    wn during the period of British colonisation. With the dawn of Independence in 1948, the Sinhalese were empowered with autho

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108428798
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Nationalism, development and ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka
    2. Sinhala nationalism
    3. Kulaks to clerks
    4. The politics of market reform at a time of ethnic conflict
    5. Military fiscalism
    6. The 'best and last' chance for peace
    7. Cosmopolitan capitalism
    8. Sectarian socialism
    9. Conclusions: elites, masses and the Rajapaksa presidency

  • Author

    Rajesh Venugopal, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Rajesh Venugopal teaches at the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He works on the political sociology of development and violent conflict, with a special focus on South Asia. He writes on post-conflict reconstruction, development theory, nationalism, and neoliberalism.

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