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Militarizing Sri Lanka: Popular Culture, Memory and Narrative in the Armed Conflict

Militarizing Sri Lanka: Popular Culture, Memory and Narrative in the Armed Conflict (Paperback)

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Militarizing Sri Lanka is a study of the militarization that has buttressed the war between the Sri Lankan state and the LTTE for over two decades. It highlights militarization as a process through which the ideology of militarism is shaped and shared in a manner that makes militant solutions to conflict a part of institutional structures and ways of thought. It foregrounds militarization as activity and agency, capable of adaptation and transforming society in significant ways; and as a deeply gendered, contingent and shifting process. It also analyzes both the construction and resistance to militarization and militarism, but in a manner that draws attention to their relationality rather than as self-evidently oppositional categories.



Through case studies of military advertising, disabled soldiers, children in the conflict zones, the LTTE female suicide bomber, censorship, the archive and feminist work, Militarizing Sri Lanka also foregrounds the crucial role of popular culture, memory and narrative in how attitudes to militarism, the war, and peace are mediated.



This book is a valuable resource for social and political scientists and activists, and all those wanting an insight into militarization in the Sri Lankan context from the late 1980s to 2006.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologySocial & cultural anthropologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural Studies Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc Publication Date: 04/12/2007 ISBN-13: 9780761936350  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Neloufer de Mel is Professor of English at the Department of English, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is the author of Women and the Nation's Narrative: Gender and Nationalism in 20th Century Sri Lanka (Kali for Women, 2001) and co-editor of At the Cutting Edge: Essays in Honour of Kumari Jayawardena (Women Unlimited 2007) and Writing an Inheritance: Women's Writing in Sri Lanka 1860-1948 (WERC, 2002). She is the recipient of many distinguished research awards, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Research and Writing Grant, a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship at Yale University, and a Ford Associate in Global Women's Studies Fellowship at the Five College Women's Studies Research Center, USA. She has also been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University, and the Women's Research Center at the University of Rutgers. Neloufer de Mel has served on the Regional Advisory Panel of the Social Science Research Council, and serves on the management board of Women and Media Collective, Colombo. She was the founder editor of Options, a journal on Sri Lankan women's issues, and has published several essays on postcolonial theatre, literature and film.

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