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Ethnic domination under liberal democracy in Sri Lanka

Venugopal, Rajesh ORCID: 0000-0002-7498-7712 (2022) Ethnic domination under liberal democracy in Sri Lanka. Journal of Contemporary Asia. ISSN 0047-2336

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00472336.2022.2105739


How is ethnic domination produced, legitimised, and sustained under conditions of liberal democracy? This article engages with this problem and provides a re-conceptualisation that draws on the experience of Sri Lanka. Ethnic domination is typically understood in terms of a liberal normative framework, through the lens of the state, or primarily in terms of the one-sided coercive power of the dominant group. This article points instead to the importance of looking into inner processes, moral frameworks, and the way these are acted upon by contending ethnic groups. Instead of outcome typologies such as “ethnic democracy” and “ethnocracy,” it emphasises the need to look beyond and below the state, and in particular, at the mechanisms through which stable hierarchies are produced.

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Additional Information: © 2022 The Author
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2022 10:12
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 00:06

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