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Synopsis: In this illuminating study of a village in southern, central Sri Lanka, Spencer examines how the interrelationship of political, religious, and economic life shapes the community by tracing the village through an election campaign year. He reveals how the village redefined itself in "traditional" terms, while using "modern" politics as an extension of their personal disputes. Undertaken in the years immediately prior to the great escalation of political and religious tensions, this study is of great importance to the understanding of modern Sri Lanka.
About the Author: Jonathan Spencer, Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh.
Title: A Sinhala Village in a Time of Trouble: ...
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1991
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. A SINHALA VILLAGE IN A TIME OF TROUBLE. POLITICS AND CHANGE IN RURAL SRI LANKA by Jonathan Spencer, Oxford University South Asian Studies Series, 1st edition, maps, index, bibliography, glossary, published in Delhi, India. Book Condition: very good. The text block is in near fine condition, with no marks, tears, or dog-ears. Tight binding. Not a remainder or library book. No bookplate nor inscription of previous owner. The blue boards are in good/fair condition (small smudges and discolored spots). Small discolored spots on edges of paper. The gold lettering on the spine is bright, but the top and base are bumped. The dust jacket is in good/fair condition with shelf rubbing, smudges, small tears, and folding at top. The original bookstore label is on the back cover. 9 x 5 ½, 285 pages, 18 oz. PLEASE NOTE THAT BECAUSE THIS BOOK WEIGHS OVER ONE POUND, ADDITIONAL POSTAGE MAY BE NECESSARY FOR ANY SHIPMENTS OUTSIDE THE US. PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE BUYING IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN THE US. [From the dust jacket] How can anthropology, with its emphasis on local knowledge and local meaning, contribute to the understanding of politics in complex, modern societies? This book employs vivid ethnographic data from one village in an effort to understand broader problems in the troubled politics of Sri Lanka. In particular it investigates two related phenomena which lie behind the growing crisis of Sri Lanka's democratic institutions: the high degree of political participation in rural areas and the tenacious hold of Sinhala Buddhist nationalism among the country's majority population. A compelling account of village politics in the early 1980s is complemented by a description of village Buddhism and the attempted re-creation of a local sense of community through the rituals and symbols of Buddhist nationalism. These events are then interpreted in the context of the broad processes of material and cultural change in the colonial and post-colonial era. Nationalism, so often represented as the working out of old, primordial forces, is instead seen as a product of recent change, while party politics are to some extent a continuation of a much older pattern, which can be discerned in local relations with the colonial and pre-colonial State. The book provides a rare account of the local roots of nationalist feeling, as well as challenging received ideas in the ethnography of politics. It will be of interest to anthropologists, political scientists, and anyone concerned with problems of politics, history, culture, and identity both in South Asia and in all post-colonial societies. Jonathan Spencer has taught at the University of Sussex and the London School of Economics. He is now a lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Seller Inventory # 000573
Book Description Oxford University Press., Delhi., 1990. Endpaper maps, xv + 285pp, glossary, bibliography, index, cloth covers little worn, still a good copy in little shelf worn dustjacket now protected. This study employs ethnographic data from one Sri Lankan village in an effort to understand broader political problems throughout the country. It investigates the high degree of political participation in rural areas and the tenacious hold of Sinhala Buddhist nationalism. Seller Inventory # 153512
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110195624955
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P020195624955
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0195624955
Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0195624955