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Civil war, civil society. The third sector and 'ethnic conflict' in Sri Lanka

Författare och institution:
Camilla Orjuela (Institutionen för freds- och utvecklingsforskning & Institutionen för omvärldsstudier av människans villkor, centrum för asienstudier (CEAS))
Publicerad i:
18th European conference on modern south Asian studies, 6-9 July 2004, Lund, Sweden,
Konferensbidrag, övrigt
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Two decades of civil war in Sri Lanka have affected all sections of society. Civil society has in many regards become weakened, and social divides along ethnic and other lines have deepened. But while a break-up of civil society has taken place in the wake of violence and hostilities, many third sector organisations have at the same time engaged in cross-ethnic dialogue and advocated for an end to the war. During the Norwegian-facilitated peace processes initiated in 2002 voices have been raised calling for increased civil society participation.

The concept and idea of civil society embraces a multitude of complex meanings, actors and struggles, which can only be understood through in-depth case studies. The aim of this paper is to problematise the civil society concept by looking at what civil society means in Sri Lanka, in the context of violent conflict. It argues that mobilisation within the civil society sphere often has contributed to deepened social divides, and that the space for independent civil society activity in the north and east of the country has dwindled during the war. The paper also discusses in what ways civil society organisations and activities matter for the current peace process.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Annan samhällsvetenskap ->
Tvärvetenskapliga studier ->
Freds- och utvecklingsforskning
Sri Lanka, civil war, civil society, ethnic conflict
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Posten skapad:
2007-02-14 13:16
Posten ändrad:
2008-12-05 12:39

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