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Sacred ModernityNature, Environment and the Postcolonial Geographies of Sri Lankan Nationhood$
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Tariq Jazeel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318863

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318863.001.0001

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Sacred Modernity

Tariq Jazeel

Liverpool University Press

This chapter introduces the book by briefly outlining the importance of taking seriously the relationship between nature and Sinhala-Buddhist nationhood in contemporary Sri Lanka, particularly in the context of the normalization of ethnicized social relations and identities. Given the end of Sri Lanka's civil war, the chapter stresses the continued importance of focusing on the ways that dominant discourses, materialities, and not least, the poetic registers of Sri Lanka's natural environment, form part of an ongoing spatial production of ethnicized identity and difference. The chapter also introduces the two case studies that comprise the main part of the book: Ruhuna (Yala) National Park, and Sri Lanka's tropical modern architecture. It also provides a brief summary of the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   Sri Lanka, civil war, Sinhala-Buddhist, nature, environment

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