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Title: On the move : a cultural study of contested space on the east coast of Sri Lanka
Author: Montani, Abigail
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1999
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This thesis aims to explore the dynamics of social and cultural life in an area of the east coast of Sri Lanka. The fieldwork upon which this work is based was carried out over a period of 16 months between September 1996 and December 1997, in the district of Trincomalee on Sri Lanka's north-east coast. The district is a demographically mixed area, its residents include all three of the island's main ethnic groups. It is currently part of the site in which Sri Lanka's on-going civil war is played out. The focus of the thesis is the movement of persons in, around, away from and into this geographical area. It involves also the relations that exist between this space and those that surrounding it. It is an inquiry into place and the lived experience of it. A result of participation observation in Sri Lanka is the enthographic description included here, my primary purpose being to describe and interpret some of the ways in which persons encounter places and one another. Lives in Trincomalee involve both emplacement and displacement and the thesis aims to explore the fragile scenarios of going and coming. The thesis opens with an attempt at outlining the relationships Trincomalee holds with the regions of the island which are its neighbours, as well as hinting at the connections Trincomalee holds with spaces outside the nation-state. As we move through these pre-imagined fields, it becomes possible to 'map' the past and present of Trincomalee; to consider colonial and post-colonial representations of the east coast together with specifically anthropological pictures. The reader is presented with contextual information on the position of persons on the east coast vis-à-vis each other, the rise of militancy, and the everyday experience of civil war.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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