Power and Religiosity in a Post-colonial Setting by R. L. Stirrat
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Power and Religiosity in a Post-colonial Setting
By R. L. Stirrat

Power and Religiosity in a Post-colonial Setting

Sinhala Catholics in Contemporary Sri Lanka

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Power and Religiosity in a Post-colonial Setting by R. L. Stirrat

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Over the past few decades a series of Catholic shrines have sprung up in Sri Lanka which draw hundreds of pilgrims. Although best known as centres for the exorcism of the demonically possessed, their miraculous efficacy also extends to helping people find jobs and preferment, and to alleviating suffering. Dr Stirrat, who has worked in Sri Lanka over a long period, is interested both in how people behave at the shrines, and in the historical and social contexts in which the shrines have appeared. He argues that an understanding of their religious importance is intricately connected with power, religious and political. This view challenges the conventional distinction between 'religion' and 'politics', and accordingly, religious suffering is seen as a complex metaphor linking together various social domains and a means through which conflicts over power and authority can be expressed.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521026505
ISBN-10: 0521026504
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 260
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author R. L. Stirrat

Discourses of Development by R. L. Stirrat Discourses of Development, Paperback (October 1997)

Taking an ethnographic approach, this work offers a critical assessment of the "development encounter", emphasizing that "development" is a multi-faceted process, and a complex site of contestation.

Power and Religiosity in a Post-Colonial Setting by R. L. Stirrat Power and Religiosity in a Post-Colonial Setting, Hardback (September 1992)

Dr Stirrat, who has worked in Sri Lanka over a long period, is interested both in how people behave at the shrines and in the historical and social contexts in which the shrines have appeared.

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