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Culture, politics, and development in postcolonial Sri Lanka /
Nalani Hennayake.
imprint
Lanham. MD : Lexington Books, 2006.
description
xv, 211 p.
ISBN
0739111558 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780739111550 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Lanham. MD : Lexington Books, 2006.
isbn
0739111558 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780739111550 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5998451
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Nalani Hennayake is Senior Lecturer at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka
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Summaries
Long Description
In this book, Nalani Hennayake unravels how the development experience of a postcolonial society is deeply embedded in a complex historical relationship between culture and politics by focusing on the country of Sri Lanka.
Unpaid Annotation
Development has traditionally been identified as a neat 'economic' project without much mention of culture or politics. In this book, Nalani Hennayake unravels how the development experience of a postcolonial society is deeply embedded in a complex historical relationship between culture and politics by focusing on the country of Sri Lanka. It analyzes how this relationship emerges in the context of what the author calls 'the postcolonial paradox' of the Sri Lankan state and society. Hennayake emphasizes that the cultural and political intricacies of development can only be captured by a combination of a sympathetic and critical imagination. One has to be sympathetic not to devalue indigenous discourse and its allied cultural sensibilities, yet be critical to unravel the politics that comes with it. Culture, Politics, and Development in Postcolonial Sri Lanka is a brilliant attempt toward this aim.
Long Description
Development has traditionally been identified as a neat 'economic' project without much mention of culture or politics. In this book, Nalani Hennayake unravels how the development experience of a postcolonial society is deeply embedded in a complex historical relationship between culture and politics by focusing on the country of Sri Lanka. It analyzes how this relationship emerges in the context of what the author calls 'the postcolonial paradox' of the Sri Lankan state and society. Hennayake emphasizes that the cultural and political intricacies of development can only be captured by a combination of a sympathetic and critical imagination. One has to be sympathetic not to devalue indigenous discourse and its allied cultural sensibilities, yet be critical to unravel the politics that comes with it. Culture, Politics, and Development in Postcolonial Sri Lanka is an brilliant attempt toward this aim.
Table of Contents
List of Maps, Diagrams, Photographs, and Tablesp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Glossary of Sinhala Termsp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Dominant Thinking of Development and Its Challengesp. 23
Conceptualizing Development in Postcolonial Sri Lankap. 47
Indigenization, Power Politics, and Postcolonial Statep. 75
Cultural Politics and Ritualizing Developmentp. 101
New Ideology of "People-izing" Developmentp. 133
Culture, Politics, and Politics of Resistancep. 157
Political Legitimacy to Cultural Sensibilityp. 179
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 207
About the Authorp. 211
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