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Sri Lankan civil society and its fanatics

Bastin, RN 2009, Sri Lankan civil society and its fanatics, Social analysis, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 123-140, doi: 10.3167/sa.2009.530108.

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Title Sri Lankan civil society and its fanatics
Author(s) Bastin, RN
Journal name Social analysis
Volume number 53
Issue number 1
Start page 123
End page 140
Total pages 18
Publisher Berghahn Books
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 0155-977X
1558-5727
Keyword(s) anti-conversion
buddhist
militancy
civil war
fanaticism
global civil society
iconoclasm
Sri Lanka
Summary The current moment, seen by some as an interregnum between societies of discipline and control, is marked by intense forms of religious fanaticism and iconoclasm that are striving to create new forms of the state. This is evident in the militancy and political engagement of Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka, who promote war against Tamil separatists as well as violent resistance to the proselytization identified with global civil society agencies that, due to the war and the 2004 tsunami disaster, have been active in the country. The article looks at this rising Buddhist militancy, which is associated with a political party that is linked to the more famous party known as the JVP. It argues that instead of resisting the formation of the new global civil society, the iconoclasm of this Buddhist political formation is facilitating its establishment.
Language eng
DOI 10.3167/sa.2009.530108
Field of Research 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Berghahn Books
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069296

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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