Reframing Democracy

Perspectives on the Cultures of Inclusion and Exclusion in Contemporary Sri Lanka

Perspectives on the Cultures of Inclusion and Exclusion in Contemporary Sri Lanka

Reframing Democracy: Perspectives on the Cultures of Inclusion and Exclusion in Sri Lanka offers provocative and thoughtful insights into how democracy I practiced in everyday Sri Lnka. Through a series of case studies on the plantation sector, the Katunayake Export Processing Zone, local government institutions in Kurunegala, Badulla, and Moneragala districts, community organizations, voluntary societies, resettled populations, and Batticoloa during the armed conflict, the volume traces issues of democracy in relation to community and the state, central and local government, citizenship, caste, gender, and governance during conflict and violence. Paying particular attention to marginal groups, the volume provides a range of theoretical insights and evidence from the ground on how and why democracy needs to be rethought and reframed as a matter of urgency in the context of postwar Sri Lanka.

Dr. Jayadeva Uyangoda is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Colombo and a Member of the Council of Management, Social Scientists’ Association, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Dr. Neloufer de Mel is a Professor in English at the Dept. of English, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.