Crime, Justice and Society in Colonial Sri Lanka
Crime, Justice and Society in Colonial Sri Lanka (1987) examines Sri Lanka’s justice system under British rule, and concentrates on two of its aspects: the effectiveness of the administration of law and order, and the relationship between crime and social change. It argues that the colonial judicial system did penetrate rural areas, but did not operate in the way the British intended. Instead, Sri Lankans adapted the state institutions so that they functioned more effectively within indigenous culture.
1. Politics, Economy and Society 2. The Administration of Law and Order 3. Cattle Stealing 4. Homicide 5. Riots and Disturbances 6. The Social Context of Crime 7. Conclusions