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"Will be of interest to those working on conflict and peace studies, economic development, cultural studies, and women in the modern world. A key new publication." -Chandra R. de Silva, Old Dominion University "...offers a superb overview of how a civil war, driven by ethnicity, can engender a new culture and a new political economy...Highly recommended." - Choice Economy, Culture, and Civil War in Sri Lanka provides a lucid and up-to-date interpretation of Sri Lankan society and its 20-year civil conflict. An interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between the economy, broadly defined, and the reproduction of violent conflict, this volume argues that the war is grounded not just in the goals and intentions of the opposing sides, but also in the everyday orientations, experiences, and material practices of all Sri Lankan people. The contributors explore changing political and policy contexts; the effect of long-term conflict on employment opportunities and life choices for rural and urban youth; life histories, memory, and narratives of violence; the "economics of enlisting" and individual decisions about involvement in the war; and nationalism and the moral debate triggered by women's employment in the international garment manufacturing industry. Contributors are Francesca Bremner, Michele Ruth Gamburd, Newton Gunasinghe, Siri T. Hettige, Caitrin Lynch, John M. Richardson, Jr., Amita Shastri, Deborah Winslow, and Michael D. Woost.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253216915
ISBN-10: 0253216915
Format: Paperback
(5817mm x 3887mm x 20mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Deborah Winslow

Deborah Winslow is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Hampshire. Michael D. Woost is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Hartwick College.