There's a Devil on Wayamba Beach: Social Dramas of Development and Citizenship in Northwest Sri Lanka
In this article we draw upon religious sermons, poetry and first-person accounts to show how rural Sri Lankans used localized meanings of security and sacrifice to mobilize against a project of national development. Using Victor Turner's concept of social drama and the idea that state officials and citizens relate as audiences of each others' actions, we bring the methodological lens of performance to the study of citizenship, development, and legitimacy. The authors find that people's attempt to transform everyday meaning into legitimate meaning forms a profound kernel in the process of making of state-society relations.
Journal of Asian and African Studies
Catholic church, citizenship, legitimacy, performance, Sri Lanka, state-society relations
Asian Studies | International and Area Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology
Caron, Cynthia and Da Costa, Dia, "There's a Devil on Wayamba Beach: Social Dramas of Development and Citizenship in Northwest Sri Lanka" (2007). International Development, Community, and Environment. 65.