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4.1 | 2013
Religion and development
Religion et développement

Convictions Beyond the Bomb: Interplays Between Violence, Religion and Development in Sri Lanka (abstract)

Indika Bulankulame
p. 192-206
Translation(s):
Croire après la bombe : les interactions entre violence, religion et développement au Sri Lanka

Abstract

Prior to the conclusion of 30 years of civil war, many ordinary Sri Lankans were caught in bombings intended to disrupt daily life. This occurred not only in the war zone, but also in urban areas, primarily the capital of Colombo. While many lost their lives, others survived – scarred, disabled and traumatised. This chapter explores the meaning of ‘survival’ as experienced in newly-formed role of ‘bomb victim’. In doing so, this chapter questions the capacity of survivors to be productive as breadwinners and/or deal with the severe economic dislocations resulting from the drastic changes in their lives’ trajectories. Overall, the chapter finds that the loss of income and inability to fully participate in the market economy isolating the survivors from the main discourses of development, and purported opportunities offered therein. The end of hostilities has marked a clear drive to develop Sri Lanka, and in this important post-war stage, it is important to note the various ways in which religion is used to address survival needs. This chapter thus highlights the dynamic interplay between religion, political violence and development. In doing so, the chapter examines religious responses to (neo) liberal, market-driven globalisation, the experience of terror and violence, and the interaction thereof.

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Sri Lanka
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Editor's notes

Paperback reference : Bulankulame, I. (2013) "Convictions Beyond the Bomb: Interplays Between Violence, Religion and Development in Sri Lanka", in International Development Policy: Religion and Development, No.4, Geneva: Graduate Institute Publications, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 192-206.

References

Bibliographical reference

Indika Bulankulame, « Convictions Beyond the Bomb: Interplays Between Violence, Religion and Development in Sri Lanka (abstract) »,International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement, 4.1 | 2013, 192-206.

Electronic reference

Indika Bulankulame, « Convictions Beyond the Bomb: Interplays Between Violence, Religion and Development in Sri Lanka (abstract) », International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement [Online], 4.1 | 2013, Online since 14 February 2013, connection on 25 September 2017. URL : http://poldev.revues.org/1463 ; DOI : 10.4000/poldev.1463

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About the author

Indika Bulankulame

Course Director of the MA programme in Development Studies and Public Policy at the Department of Social Studies of the Open University of Sri Lanka. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, History and Archaeology, an MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Colombo. Her current research concerns violence, trauma, religion and resilience, and the links between reconciliation and development.

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