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Sri Lankan Society in an Era of Globalization
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Sri Lankan Society in an Era of Globalization
Struggling To Create A New Social Order

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Global Social Policy

272 pages | SAGE India
Sri Lanka has suffered from decades of ethnic strife which has left in its wake a failure of governing arrangements, skewed distribution of economic benefits, and an exploitation of cultural traditions to divide people. Hence, argue the contributors to this volume, the time is now ripe for the people of Sri Lanka to consciously take up the task of building a new society.

At the same time, there is no readymade model that can be applied to Sri Lanka. Instead, this volume explores three elements which are crucial to the process of social reconstruction: a realistic analysis of novel problems, a search for guiding principles and a testing of procedures. In this framework, the essays in the first two parts of the volume discuss a wide variety of broad issues including the failure of Sri Lanka to create an inclusive nation-state, and the mutual exclusiveness of the two major communities exacerbated by their internal divisions.

The chapters in the subsequent sections present detailed case studies which illumine the potential for creating both a better society and a better life.
Pitman B Potter
Foreword Pitman B Potter
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: THE CHALLENGE OF SOCIETAL RE-ORGANIZATION
Barrie M Morrison
Overwhelming Change and Faltering Institutions, 1948-2002
 
PART TWO: TENSIONS OF CLASS AND CASTE, GROUP RIGHTS AND INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS
Bruce Matthews
Religious and Ideological Intransigence among the Sinhalese
Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam
Religious Ideology among the Tamils
Bruce Matthews
Tightening Social Cohesion and Excluding 'Others' among the Sinhalese
Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam
From Differences to Ethnic Solidarity among the Tamils
 
Illustration and Poetry
Sumathy Sivamohan
The Rise of Militant Tamil Nationalism, Its Assumptions and the Cultural Production of Tamil Women
 
PART THREE: THE STRUGGLE TO BUILD A BETTER LIFE, A BETTER SOCIETY
Sri Ranjith
Struggling to Create Self-Help Organizations in an Urban Slum
Mahaiyawa

 
Karunatissa Atukorala
Expanding World Demand for Gems
The Old Poor and the New Rich in Ratnapura

 
M Sinnathamby
Bonded Tea Estate Workers
Still Waiting at the Gates

 
Paul Caspersz
Satyodaya, NGOs and Civil Society
Mobilizing across Class and Community in a Globalizing Economy

 
 
PART FOUR: BUILDING A BETTER SOCIETY? LARGE PROBLEMS WITH WEAKENED CAPACITY
S H Hasbullah
Justice for the Dispossessed
The Case of a Forgotten Minority in Sri Lanka's Ethnic Conflict

 
Nancy Waxler-Morrison
Who Will Care for Those Left at Home? The Effect of New Opportunities for Work on Families in Sri Lanka
Sisira Pinnawala
Damming the Flood of Violence and Shoring Up Civil Society in a Era of Globalization
S H Hasbullah and Barrie M Morrison
Conclusion
 
Index

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S H Hasbullah

S H Hasbullah is Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and participated as a Resource Person in the Sri Lanka Peace Talks of 2003. He also served as a member of the sub-committee on Immediate and Humanitarian Needs of the War-torn Areas of Sri Lanka. Dr Hasbullah has been Fulbright Research Associate at the Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Actively engaged in teaching, research and writing in the areas of demography, employment and migration, he has a special interest in refugees and internally displaced persons. He has written various reports... More About Author

Barrie M Morrison

Barrie M Morrison is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Asian Studies and Honorary Professor at the Institute of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He has been a Consultant to the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Centre for Development Research. His recent research has been on rural social change and agricultural development in Sri Lanka and India. He has published articles on social change in Sri Lanka and development policies in Asia. He has written on the history of Bengal and co-authored books on Kerala and Sri Lanka. More About Author