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Demons and development : the struggle for community in a Sri Lankan village

Author: James Brow
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1996.
Series: Hegemony and experience.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In contemporary Sri Lanka, long-established modes of rural life are being disrupted by progress. As this occurs, instances of "demonic possession" have been known to take place - incidents that may both express the conflicts that result and attempt to resolve them. When residents of the village of Kukulewa were promised sixty new houses, a factional rift arose between those who benefited from the project and those  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fallstudiensammlung
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Brow, James.
Demons and development.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)605515636
Online version:
Brow, James.
Demons and development.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)609409039
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Brow
ISBN: 0816516383 9780816516384 0816516391 9780816516391
OCLC Number: 34319599
Description: xviii, 218 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Ceremony in Samadigama --
Orientations --
Of savages and kings --
The village community confronts the market --
Party politics and nationalist rhetoric --
The awakening village --
The rise of the Fernandos --
Life in Samadigama --
Gods and demons --
Offerings to the gods --
Private practice --
Reflections.
Series Title: Hegemony and experience.
Responsibility: James Brow.

Abstract:

In contemporary Sri Lanka, long-established modes of rural life are being disrupted by progress. As this occurs, instances of "demonic possession" have been known to take place - incidents that may both express the conflicts that result and attempt to resolve them. When residents of the village of Kukulewa were promised sixty new houses, a factional rift arose between those who benefited from the project and those who did not. The breach between what became in effect two separate villages resulted in both divisive accusations of sorcery and spirit-inspired appeals for cooperation. James Brow witnessed these possession trances and sorcery accusations as they occurred, enabling him to convey this richly textured story interweaving political factionalism and troubled spirits. Official projects of development have proceeded apace in Sri Lanka, but until now there have been few accounts of their tendency to tear apart the fabric of rural society. Demons and Development combines an engaging narrative of how development was experienced in one particular village with an original contribution to theories of hegemony, the social anthropology of South Asia, the ethnography of nationalism, and the sociology of development.

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