Legends of People, Myths of State: Violence, Intolerance, and Political Culture in Sri Lanka and Australia

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Berghahn Books, 30.12.2011 - 446 Seiten
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The civil war in Sri Lanka and the part that nationalism seemed to play in it inspired the writing of this book some twenty-three years ago. The argument was developed through a comparative analysis of nationalism in Sri Lanka with the author's native Australia. At the time this constituted an innovative approach to comparison in anthropology, as well as to nationalism and its possibilities. It was not based on differences but on the way in which perspectives from within the two nationalisms, when seen side-by-side, could present an understanding of their implication in producing the violence of war, racism, and social exclusion. The book has lost none of its importance and urgency as proven by the chapters in the Appendix, written by top scholars working in Sri Lanka and in Australia. These contributions bring together new material and critically explore the book's themes and their continued relevance to the various trajectories in nationalist processes since the first publication of the book.

 

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Inhalt

Chapter 1 Cultures of Nationalism
1
Part I Evil and the State
27
Chapter 2 Ethnic Violence and the Force of History in Legend
29
Chapter 3 Evil Power and the State
49
Chapter 4 Ideological Practice Ethnic Nationalism and the Passions
85
Part 2 People against the State
119
Chapter 5 When the World Crumbles and the Heavens Fall in
121
Chapter 6 But the Band Played Waltzing Matilda
149
Notes
219
References
245
Legends of People Myths of State and the Current Context
259
Appendix 1 In the Wake of Legends
263
Appendix 2 Violence Evil and the State in Sri Lanka
291
Appendix 3 Empty Spaces and the Multiple Modernities of Nationalism
319
Appendix 4 The Social Genesis of Anzac Nationalism
339
Appendix 5 The Australian Society of the State
363

Chapter 7 Ethnicity and Intolerance
183
Chapter 8 Nationalism Tradition and Political Culture
209

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Bruce Kapferer is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Bergen. He has held academic positions in Zambia, Manchester, Adelaide, London, and Queensland and carried out extensive fieldwork in Zambia, Sri Lanka, India, Australia, and South Africa.

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