Nationalistic Authorship and Resistance in Northeastern Sri Lanka

Seoighe, Rachel (2016) Nationalistic Authorship and Resistance in Northeastern Sri Lanka. Society and Culture in South Asia, 2 (1). pp. 1-30. ISSN 2393-8617. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/2393861715608971) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Post-war Sri Lanka is defined by the logic of Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism, glorification and expansion of the military, and the exponential growth of state-corporate economic projects. This article examines the performative politics of the state in mass ritual discourse and spatial domination while acknowledging the various ways in which elements of the Northeastern Tamil community in Sri Lanka are mobilising as an activist community in the post-war period, including political agitation and emancipatory initiatives that respond to social justice issues, such as land grabs. Offering an analysis premised on the concept of performative politics, this article interrogates the process by which the state defines itself, while the Tamil community has used performative politics to communicate the unacceptability of the post-war performance of power. A framework of performative politics in post-war Sri Lanka, I argue, introduces a new grammar of politics more responsive to the nationalistic Sinhala-Buddhist settler-colonial tendencies of the state and to the polyvalent nature of Tamil resistance. On the international level, the state performatively complies with international demands for accountability and reconciliation while continuing to oppress the Tamil minority and undertake nationalistic authorship of post-war space.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Sri Lanka, post-war politics, transitional justice, Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Criminology
Depositing User: Lisa Towers
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2019 13:52 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2019 10:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/72185 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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