The Politics of Reconstruction and Development in Sri Lanka

Transnational Commitments to Social Change

By Eva Gerharz

© 2014 – Routledge

188 pages

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pub: 2014-04-07
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About the Book

Sri Lanka’s conflict and peace processes have gained global attention during recent years. This book presents a comprehensive insight into the politics of reconstruction and development in Sri Lanka, focussing on the ceasefire which was negotiated between the Government of Sri Lanka and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2002 and which lasted until 2006.

Based on extensive empirical fieldwork, the book provides a unique ethnographic account of this specific historical period of peace. It explains how development was shaped by interplay and cooperation, but also by the disparities and conflicts between a variety of local and intervening actors, including local organizations and civil society, LTTE, Government of Sri Lanka, international development cooperation and the Tamil diaspora. Starting from an interdisciplinary viewpoint, the author integrates findings from development sociology with new perspectives on transnationalization and the migration-development-nexus. This provides a fine grained analysis of the emerging development visions and perspectives in relation to transnationalization and global interconnectedness.

Making an innovative contribution by linking the analysis of local reconstruction with contemporary phenomena of transnationalization, diasporization, and globalization, this book will appeal to those with an interest in Sociology, Social Anthropology and Political Science.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Ethnic Conflict and the Politics of Development 3. Jaffna – A Tamil Homeland 4. Global Development Cooperation and Local Perspectives on Governance 5. Taking Possession of Development – Diaspora Engagement in Local Institutions 6. Diaspora Committment to Local Non-Governmental Organizations – New Scope for Brokerage 7. Diaspora-Circulation, Remittances, and Encounters with the ‘Other’ 8. Reconstruction and Development: Ideas and Visions 9. Development Visions after the War


About the Author

Eva Gerharz is Junior Professor for Internationalization and Development at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. She is co-editor of The Making of World Society: Perspectives from Transnational Research (2009) and Governance, Conflict and Development in South Asia (forthcoming).

About the Series

Routledge/Edinburgh South Asian Studies Series

This series is published in association with the Centre for South Asian Studies, Edinburgh University - one of the leading centres for South Asian Studies in the UK with a strong interdisciplinary focus. It presents research monographs and high-quality edited volumes as well as textbook on topics concerning the Indian subcontinent from the modern period to contemporary times. It aims to advance understanding of the key issues in the study of South Asia, and contributions include works by experts in the social sciences and the humanities. In accordance with the academic traditions of Edinburgh, we particularly welcome submissions which emphasise the social in South Asian history, politics, sociology and anthropology, based upon thick description of empirical reality, generalised to provide original and broadly applicable conclusions.

The series welcomes new submissions from young researchers as well as established scholars working on South Asia, from any disciplinary perspective.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General