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Economy, Culture, and Civil War in Sri Lanka
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"Will be of interest to those working on conflict and peace studies, economic development, cultural studies, and women in the modern world. A key new publication." -- Chandra R. de Silva, Old Dominion University

"... offers a superb overview of how a civil war, driven by ethnicity, can engender a new culture and a new political economy... Highly recommended."
-- Choice

Economy, Culture, and Civil War in Sri Lanka provides a lucid and up-to-date interpretation of Sri Lankan society and its 20-year civil conflict. An interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between the economy, broadly defined, and the reproduction of violent conflict, this volume argues that the war is grounded not just in the goals and intentions of the opposing sides, but also in the everyday orientations, experiences, and material practices of all Sri Lankan people. The contributors explore changing political and policy contexts; the effect of long-term conflict on employment opportunities and life choices for rural and urban youth; life histories, memory, and narratives of violence; the "economics of enlisting" and individual decisions about involvement in the war; and nationalism and the moral debate triggered by women's employment in the international garment manufacturing industry.

Contributors are Francesca Bremner, Michele Ruth Gamburd, Newton Gunasinghe, Siri T. Hettige, Caitrin Lynch, John M. Richardson, Jr., Amita Shastri, Deborah Winslow, and Michael D. Woost.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page copyright page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. A Note on Pronunciationof Sinhala Words
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acronyms
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. 1 Articulations of Economy and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. Part One/Introduction: Articulations of National Economic Policy and Ethnic Conflict
  2. pp. 29-40
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  1. 2 Violent Conflict and the First Half Decade of Open Economy Policies in Sri Lanka: A Revisionist View
  2. pp. 41-72
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  1. 3 An Open Economy in a Time of Intense Civil War: Sri Lankam 1994-2000
  2. pp. 73-92
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  1. Part Two/Introduction: Articulations of Class, Ethnicity, and Violence
  2. pp. 93-98
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  1. 4 The Open Economy and Its Impact on Ethnic Relations in Sri Lanka
  2. pp. 99-114
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  1. 5 Economic Policy, Changing Opportunities for Youth, and the Ethnic Con
  2. pp. 115-130
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  1. Part Three/Introduction: Articulations of Civil War in Everyday Life
  2. pp. 131-136
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  1. 6 Fragments of Memory, Processes of State: Ethnic Violence through the Life Histories of Participants
  2. pp. 137-150
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  1. 7 The Economics of Enlisting: A Village View of Armed Service
  2. pp. 151-167
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  1. 8 Economic Liberalization, Nationalism, and Women’s Morality in Sri Lanka
  2. pp. 168-191
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  1. Epilogue, or Prelude to Peace?
  2. pp. 192-204
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 205-226
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 227-230
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 231-242
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