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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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Conclusion: Sri Lankan Nature as Problem Space

Conclusion: Sri Lankan Nature as Problem Space

(p.166) Conclusion: Sri Lankan Nature as Problem Space
Sacred Modernity

Tariq Jazeel

Liverpool University Press

The concluding chapter to this book draws together the main strands of its argument. The chapter stresses the intellectual challenges of engaging nature and religion in non-EuroAmerican contexts, and the importance of developing the conceptual tools and interdisciplinary postcolonial geographical methodologies to do so. Summarizing the main arguments, this chapter re-emphasizes exactly how the two parts of the book – park and architecture – work together to articulate different dimensions of the same structures of feeling, or aesthetic domains. The chapter argues that, together, park and architecture constitute two modern and rational sites that attest to a spatial and environmental politics of Sri Lankan nationhood that the book refers to as Sacred Modernity.

Keywords:   Sri Lankan, nationhood, Ruhuna National Park, Yala, architecture, aesthetics, postcolonial, geography, methodology, Sacred Modernity

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