Ambivalence, contingency and the failure of exclusion: The ontological schema of the 1972 constitution of the Republic of Sri Lanka

Wijeyeratne, R.D (1996) Ambivalence, contingency and the failure of exclusion: The ontological schema of the 1972 constitution of the Republic of Sri Lanka. Social & Legal Studies, 5 (3). 365-&. ISSN 0964-6639. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The 1972 Constitution of Sri Lanka is here posited as reflecting the hierarchical ontology of the Sinhalese Buddhist cosmos. This cosmology is, however, ambivalent in that good as represented by the Buddha 'encompasses' evil as represented by the demonic. This dynamic of a failed exclusion is I shall argue evidenced in the 1972 Constitution in which the Sinhalese 'encompass' the Tamil minority in a hierarchical relation.

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Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
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