Sri Lanka by Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah
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Sri Lanka
By Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah

Sri Lanka

Ethnic Fratricide and the Dismantling of Democracy New edition

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Sri Lanka by Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah

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Focusing 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 Details

ISBN: 9780226789521
ISBN-10: 0226789527
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 12mm)
Pages: 210
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1991
Country of Publication: United States

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Leveling Crowds by Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah Leveling Crowds, Paperback (January 1997)

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Buddhism Betrayed? by Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah 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 by Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah Magic, Science and Religion and the Scope of Rationality, Paperback (March 1990)

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Author Biography - Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah

S. J. Tambiah is professor of anthropology at Harvard University.

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