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Hindu temples in the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict : capture and excess

Bastin, Rohan 2005, Hindu temples in the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict : capture and excess, Social analysis, vol. 49, no. 1, Spring, pp. 45-66.

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Title Hindu temples in the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict : capture and excess
Author(s) Bastin, Rohan
Journal name Social analysis
Volume number 49
Issue number 1
Season Spring
Start page 45
End page 66
Publisher Berghahn Books Inc.
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 0155-977X
1558-5727
Keyword(s) apparatus of capture
conflict
ethnicity
Hindu temples
Sri Lanka
strange attractor
Summary Developing Deleuze and Guattari's concepts of territorialization and the apparatus of capture, this article explores the role that Sri Lankan Hindu temples have played in the formation of ethnicity and ethnic conflict. Analyzing three contemporary events, the article introduces ways in which many different Sri Lankans (Sinhalese and Tamil) interpret their country's predicament and seek to resolve or prolong it. The events also reveal how scholarship becomes entangled in ethnic nationalism. I then examine in greater detail a village in which temple construction was a critical feature of identity formation during the creation of Sri Lanka as a colonialist and capitalist bureaucratic space. Through this account, I argue that the formation of polarized ethnicity in Sri Lanka is the product of multiple refractive forces, of which temples are one, and not the end result of a singular colonialist bureaucratic agency.
Language eng
Field of Research 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009 Ebsco
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003259

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