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Sri Lanka : Ethnic Fratricide and the Dismantling of Democracy - Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah

Sri Lanka

Ethnic Fratricide and the Dismantling of Democracy

Paperback Published: 1st January 1986
ISBN: 9780226789521
Number Of Pages: 210

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Focusing on the historical events of post-independence Sri Lanka, S. J. Tambiah analyzes the causes of the violent conflict between the majority Sinhalese Buddhists and the minority Tamils. He demonstrates that the crisis is primarily a result of recent societal stresses--educational expansions, linguistic policy, unemployment, uneven income distribution, population movements, contemporary uses of the past as religious and national ideology, and trends toward authoritarianism--rather than age-old racial and religious differences.
"In this concise, informative, lucidly written book, scrupulously documented and well indexed, Tambiah] trains his dispassionate anthropologist's eye on the tangled roots of an urgent, present-day problem in the passionate hope that enlightenment, understanding, and a generous spirit of compromise may yet be able to prevail."--Merle Rubin, "Christian Science Monitor
"An incredibly rich and balanced analysis of the crisis. It is exemplary in highlighting the general complexities of ethnic crises in long-lived societies carrying a burden of historical memories."--Amita Shastri, "Journal of Asian Studies
""Tambiah makes an eloquent case for pluralist democracy in a country abundantly endowed with excuses to abandon such an approach to politics."--Donald L. Horowitz, "New Republic
""An excellent and thought-provoking book, for anyone who cares about Sri Lanka."--Paul Sieghart, "Los Angeles Times Book Review

The Riots of 1983 and Their Origins:Deep Tensions and Surface Features
The Horror Story
Probing below the Surface
From British Raj to Independence:A Sketch of the Antecedents
Two Social Profiles
Reflections on Political Violence in Our Time
What Is to Be Done?A Prescription for the Future
Epilogue: Biographical Interweavings
""Judge come under attack"": fromThe Times(of London), 18 January 1984
The Sinhalese-Tamil Riots of 1958
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ISBN: 9780226789521
ISBN-10: 0226789527
Series: Ethnic Fratricide and the Dismantling of Democracy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 1st January 1986
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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