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Violence and the Burden of Memory: Remembrance and Erasure in Sinhala Consciousness

Price : $27.75
ISBN # : 9788125060512
Author : Sasanka Perera
pages: 354
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Orient Blackswan
Published : 2015

Post-Independence Sri Lanka has been wracked by decades of civil war and political violence, particularly from the late 1970s to 2009. These protracted conflicts have been immensely destructive, resulting in many thousands of deaths and disappearances, both of armed personnel (whether of the Sri Lankan state or separatist outfits) and civilians. How is such extraordinary institutional violence remembered? Violence and the Burden of Memory takes as its theme these forms of remembering and memorialising large-scale violent death and destruction and the attendant loss, grief and suffering. Sasanka Perera explores how issues of memory and forgetting are represented in the monuments, public and private rituals and the works of visual artists through sociological analysis and ethnographic research.



Author Bio: Sasanka Perera is Professor of Sociology, and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, South Asian University, New Delhi.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 28 October, 2015.
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