Demons and Development The Struggle for Community in a Sri Lankan Village

ISBN-10: 0816516391

ISBN-13: 9780816516391

Edition: 1996

Authors: James B. Brow, Brow
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Description: In contemporary Sri Lanka, long-established modes of rural lifeare being disrupted in the name of 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 Developmentcombines 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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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 10/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 237
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Cast of Characters
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
Notes
Glossary
References Cited
Index
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