Deakin University
Browse

File(s) under permanent embargo

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

journal contribution
posted on 2005-01-01, 00:00 authored by Rohan BastinRohan Bastin
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.

History

Journal

Social analysis

Volume

49

Issue

1

Season

Spring

Pagination

45 - 66

Publisher

Berghahn Books Inc.

Location

New York, N.Y.

ISSN

0155-977X

eISSN

1558-5727

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009 Ebsco

Usage metrics

    Research Publications

    Exports

    RefWorks
    BibTeX
    Ref. manager
    Endnote
    DataCite
    NLM
    DC