Culture, Politics, and Development in Postcolonial Sri Lanka

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Lexington Books, 2006 - Political Science - 211 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Dominant Thinking of Development and Its Challenges
23
Conceptualizing Development
47
Indigenization Power Politics and Postcolonial State
75
Cultural Politics and Rituals of Development
101
New Ideology of Peopleizing Development
133
Culture Development and Politics of Resistance
157
Political Legitimacy to Cultural Sensibility
179
Bibliography
185
Index
207
About the Author
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Nalini Hennayake is senior lecturer at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka.

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