Ethnic Fratricide and the Dismantling of Democracy New edition
By (author) Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah
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Sri Lanka by Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah
Book DescriptionFocusing on the historical events of post-independence Sri Lanka, S. J. Tambiah analyzes the causes of the violent conflict between the majority Sinhalese Buddhists and the minority Tamils. He demonstrates that the crisis is primarily a result of recent societal stresses educational expansions, linguistic policy, unemployment, uneven income distribution, population movements, contemporary uses of the past as religious and national ideology, and trends toward authoritarianism rather than age-old racial and religious differences. "In this concise, informative, lucidly written book, scrupulously documented and well indexed, [Tambiah] trains his dispassionate anthropologist's eye on the tangled roots of an urgent, present-day problem in the passionate hope that enlightenment, understanding, and a generous spirit of compromise may yet be able to prevail." Merle Rubin, "Christian Science Monitor""An incredibly rich and balanced analysis of the crisis. It is exemplary in highlighting the general complexities of ethnic crises in long-lived societies carrying a burden of historical memories." Amita Shastri, "Journal of Asian Studies ""Tambiah makes an eloquent case for pluralist democracy in a country abundantly endowed with excuses to abandon such an approach to politics." Donald L. Horowitz, "New Republic""An excellent and thought-provoking book, for anyone who cares about Sri Lanka." Paul Sieghart, "Los Angeles Times Book Review""
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226789521
(216mm x 138mm x 12mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1991
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah
Edmund Leach, Paperback (February 2002)
Intellectual biography of Edmund Leach, a leading social anthropologist of his generation, with illustrations.
Leveling Crowds, Paperback (January 1997)
This work is concerned with the ethno-nationalist explosions that have occurred in many regions of the world. It focuses primarily on collective violence, in the form of civilian "riots" in South Asia, using selected instances in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India.
Buddhism Betrayed?, Paperback (May 1992)
This volume seeks to answer the question of how the Buddhist monks in today's Sri Lanka--given Buddhism's traditionally nonviolent philosophy--are able to participate in the fierce political violence of the Sinhalese against the Tamils.
Magic, Science and Religion and the Scope of Rationality, Paperback (March 1990)» View all books by Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah
This accessible and illuminating book explores the classical opposition between magic, science and religion.
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Author Biography - Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah
S. J. Tambiah is professor of anthropology at Harvard University.
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