Demons and Development The Struggle for Community in a Sri Lankan Village
List price: $24.95
30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee
If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.
Learn more about our returns policy
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.
Rush Rewards U
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!
Limited time offer:
Get the first one free!
All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 10/1/1996
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|List of Abbreviations|
|Cast of Characters|
|Ceremony in Samadigama|
|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|