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Sacred Modernity: Nature, Environment and the Postcolonial Geographies of Sri Lankan Nationhood

Tariq Jazeel


Sacred Modernity argues how everyday non-secular experiences of the natural world in Sri Lanka perpetuate ethno-religious identitarian narratives. It demonstrates the relationships between spaces of nature and environment and an ongoing aesthetic and spatial constitution of power and the political in which Theravada Buddhism is centrally implicated. To do this, the book works consecutively through two in-depth case studies, both of which are prominent sites through which Sri Lankan nature and environment are commodified: first, the country's most famous national park, Ruhuna (Yala), and second ... More

Keywords: Sri Lanka, nationhood, nature, environment, aesthetics, Ruhuna (Yala) National Park, tropical modernism, postcolonial geography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781846318863
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846318863.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tariq Jazeel, author