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Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict

War, Denial and Nation-Building in Sri Lanka

After the End

Authors: Seoighe, Rachel

  • Provides timely analysis of Sri Lanka’s post-war nation-building project
  • Considers the demands of the global liberal order and the workings of international forces on post-war Sri Lanka
  • Examines this exclusionary form of nationalism in political performances and the authorship of public space
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About this book

This book begins from a critical account of the final months of the Sri Lankan civil war, tracing themes of nationalism, discourse and conflict memory through this period of immense violence and into its aftermath. Using these themes to explore state crime, atrocity and its denial and representation, Seoighe offers an analysis of how stories of conflict are authored and constructed. This book examines the political discourse of the former Rajapaksa government, highlighting how fluency in international discourses of counter-terrorism, humanitarianism and the ‘reconciliation’ expected of states transitioning from conflict can be used to conceal and deny state violence.

Drawing on extensive interviews with activists, academics, politicians, state representatives and international agency staff, and three months of observation in Sri Lanka in 2012, Seoighe demonstrates how the Rajapaksa government re-narrativised violence through orchestrated techniques of denial and mass ritual discourse. It drew on and perpetuated a heightened majoritarian Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism which consolidated power under Sinhalese political elites, generated minority grievances and, in turn, sustained the repression and dispossession of the Tamil community of the Northeast. A detailed and evocative study, this book will be of special interest to scholars of conflict studies, political violence and critical criminology.

About the authors

Rachel Seoighe is a Criminologist and Socio-Legal Scholar and a Lecturer in Criminology (Human Rights and Criminal Justice) at Middlesex University’s Department of Criminology and Sociology, UK.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Seoighe, Rachel

    Pages 1-37

  • A History of War in the Post-colonial State

    Seoighe, Rachel

    Pages 39-92

  • The End: Atrocity in a State of Denial

    Seoighe, Rachel

    Pages 93-151

  • Post-war Lived Experience: ‘Sinhalisation’

    Seoighe, Rachel

    Pages 153-191

  • Tamil Separatism and Commemorative Practices

    Seoighe, Rachel

    Pages 193-246

Buy this book

eBook £87.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56324-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £109.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56323-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
War, Denial and Nation-Building in Sri Lanka
Book Subtitle
After the End
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-56324-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-56324-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-56323-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 378
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