Language Religion and Ethnic Assertiveness

The book has much to offer historians, political scientists, anthropologists, and sociologists of language and religion, as well as students and scholars of South Asia, postcolonialism, ethnicity, cultural identity, and conflict.

Language  Religion  and Ethnic Assertiveness

Explores the relationship of Sinhalese nationalism to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka

Affirmative Action Around the World

5. K. No. O. Dharmadasa, Language, Religion, and Ethnic Assertiveness: The Growth of Sinhalese Nationalism in Sri Lanka (Ann Arbor: University ofMichigan Press, 1992), p. 228. 6. S. Tambiah, “Ethnic Representation in Ceylon's Higher ...

Affirmative Action Around the World

The Constitution of Empire offers a constitutional and historical survey of American territorial expansion from the founding era to the present day. The authors describe the Constitution's design for territorial acquisition and governance and examine the ways in which practice over the past two hundred years has diverged from that original vision. Noting that most of America's territorial acquisitions - including the Louisiana Purchase, the Alaska Purchase, and the territory acquired after the Mexican-American and Spanish-American Wars - resulted from treaties, the authors elaborate a Jeffersonian-based theory of the federal treaty power and assess American territorial acquisitions from this perspective. They find that at least one American acquisition of territory and many of the basic institutions of territorial governance have no constitutional foundation, and they explore the often strange paths that constitutional law has travelled to permit such deviations from the Constitution's original meaning.

The Religious World of K rti r

The best source for exploring the issue of how language has been politicized in late medieval and contemporary Sri Lanka, see K. N. O. Dharmadasa, Language, Religion, and Ethnic Assertiveness: The Growth of Sinhalese Nationalism in Sri ...

The Religious World of K  rti   r

This inderdisciplinary inquiry seeks to uncover how Buddhism was expressed during the waning years of indigenous political power in Asia's oldest continuing Buddhist culture. It focuses on King Kirti Sri Rajasinha and how he successfully revised Sinhalese Theravada Buddhism.

Language Planning in the Asia Pacific

The people of the lion: Ethnic identity, ideology and historical revisionism in contemporary Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka Journal ofthe Humanities, 15(1 & 2), 1–36. Dharmadasa, K.N.O. (1992). Language, religion and ethnic assertiveness: The ...

Language Planning in the Asia Pacific

This volume covers the language situation in Hong Kong, Timor-Leste and Sri Lanka explaining the linguistic diversity, the historical and political contexts and the current language situation, including language-in-education planning, the role of the media, the role of religion and the roles of non-indigenous languages. Two of the authors are indigenous to the situations described while the other has undertaken extensive field work and consulting there. The three monographs contained in this volume draw together the literature on each of the polities to present an overview of the research available about each of them, while providing new research-based information. The purpose of the volume is to provide an up-to-date overview of the language situation in each polity based on a series of key questions in the hope that this might facilitate the development of a richer theory to guide language policy and planning in other polities where similar issues may arise. This book was published as special issues of Current Issues in Language Planning.

Religion and Politics in South Asia

2 Measures to promote negotiated religious and ethnic reconciliation and compromise. ... Dharmadasa, K. N. O., Language, Religion, and Ethnic Assertiveness: The Growth of Sinhalese Nationalism in Sri Lanka (Ann Arbor: University of ...

Religion and Politics in South Asia

Religion and Politics in South Asia presents a comprehensive analysis of the interaction of religion and politics in six South Asian countries, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It is a timely contribution and will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students in political science, religious studies, history, and South Asian studies.

Language and National Identity in Asia

Dharmadasa, K. N. O. (1992), Language, Religion and Ethnic Assertiveness: The Growth of Sinhalese Nationalism in Sri Lanka (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press). Diller, A. (1991), 'What Makes Central Thai a National Language?

Language and National Identity in Asia

Language and National Identity in Asia is a comprehensive introduction to the role of language in the construction and development of nations and national identities in Asia. Leading scholars from all over the world investigate the role languages have played and now play in the formation of the national and social identity in countries throughout South, East, and Southeast Asia. They consider the relation of the regions' languages to national, ethnic, and cultural identity, and examine the status of and interactions between majority, official, and minority languages. Illustrated with maps and accessibly written this book will interest all those concerned to understand the dynamics of social change in some of the most important countries in the world. It will appeal to all those studying, researching, or teaching issues in Asian society, language, and politics from a comparative perspective.

Anthropological Linguistics

Review of Language , Religion , and Ethnic Assertiveness : The Growth of Sinhalese Nationalism in Sri Lanka ( Dharmadasa ) . 38 ( 3 ) : 588-90 , 1996 . 1095. Gunn , Geoffrey C. Review of Language Use and Language Change in Brunei ...

Anthropological Linguistics


Protection of Minorities

5.5.2 Ethnic and linguistic minorities Tamils, who are predominantly Hindu by religion, constitute the main minority ... Colombo: Navagama Printers; K. N. O. Dharmadasa (1992) Language, Religion and Ethnic Assertiveness: The Growth of ...

Protection of Minorities

We live in a world that not only sets standards for, but also professes its commitment to promoting and protecting ‘rights’. Since ours is an age of heightened public interest in auditing the actual realisation of such standards and commitment, the first major focus of this book is a critical account of international standards aimed at the protection of minorities. To that end, it concentrates on four key dimensions. Firstly, it addresses the issue of the identification of minorities as understood by international law. Secondly, it outlines a brief history on the development of international law towards improving the protection of minorities. Thirdly, it gives an overview of international instruments and mechanisms on minorities. Finally, it analyses the rights of minorities under international standards. All these dimensions point to the fact that international minority rights lag behind the development of other branches of rights. The second major focus of this book is to relate international standards on minority protection to South Asian regimes. Concentrating on India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, the Maldives, and Afghanistan, an endeavor is made to examine the state of minorities and their protection under the domestic regimes. It emerges that the normative commitments of these states are more or less compatible with international standards. Nevertheless, majority-minority syndrome persistently remains as one of the causes behind multidimensional deprivation and victimization of South Asian minorities. The present book also assesses the extent to which regional cooperation in South Asia has so far contributed to extending protection to minorities. This ends with an argument that SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) has the potential to play a far greater role in this regard.

Proceedings of IAC SSaH 2014

Language Death, Cambridge, Cambridge University press. 6) Dharmadasa, K.N.O., (1992). Language, Religion, and Ethnic Assertiveness: The Growth of Sinhalese in Sri Lanka, Michigan, University of Michigan Press 7) Dharmadasa, K.N.O., ...

Proceedings of IAC SSaH 2014

International Academic Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities in Prague 2014 (IAC-SSaH 2014 in Prague)

Religion Ritual and Ritualistic Objects

Language, Religion, and Ethnic Assertiveness: The Growth of Sinhalese Nationalism in Sri Lanka. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, ISBN 9780472102884. Doniger, Wendy. 2010. The Hindus: An Alternative History.

Religion  Ritual and Ritualistic Objects

This is a volume about the life and power of ritual objects in their religious ritual settings. In this Special Issue, we see a wide range of contributions on material culture and ritual practices across religions. By focusing on the dynamic interrelations between objects, ritual, and belief, it explores how religion happens through symbolic materiality. The ritual objects presented in this volume include: masks worn in the Dogon dance; antique ecclesiastical silver objects carried around in festive processions and shown in shrines in the southern Andes; funerary photographs and films functioning as mnemonic objects for grieving children; a dented rock surface perceived to be the god’s footprint in the archaic place of pilgrimage, Gaya (India); a recovered manual of rituals (from Xiapu county) for Mani, the founder of Manichaeism, juxtaposed to a Manichaean painting from southern China; sacred stories and related sacred stones in the Alor–Pantar archipelago, Indonesia; lotus symbolism, indicating immortalizing plants in the mythic traditions of Egypt, the Levant, and Mesopotamia; lavishly illustrated variations of portrayals of Ravana, a Sinhalese god-king-demon; figurines made of cow dung sculptured by rural women in Rajasthan (India); and mythical artifacts called ‘Apples of Eden’ in a well-known interactive game series.

Studies on the Press in Sri Lanka and South Asia

DHARMADASA, K N O (1992), Language, Religion and Ethnic Assertiveness: The Growth of Sinhalese Nationalism in Sri Lanka, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor. , (1994), "Sinhala Journalism: The Formative Period, 1830-1930," (see ...

Studies on the Press in Sri Lanka and South Asia

Contributed articles.

Educations in Ethnic Violence

“Language and Sinhalese Nationalism: The Career of Munidasa Cumaratunga.” Modern Ceylon Studies – A Journal of the Social Sciences, 3, 2: 125–143. Dharmadasa, K. N. O. 1992. Language, Religion, and Ethnic Assertiveness – The Growth of ...

Educations in Ethnic Violence

In Educations in Ethnic Violence, Matthew Lange explores the effects education has on ethnic violence. Lange contradicts the widely held belief that education promotes peace and tolerance. Rather, Lange finds that education commonly contributes to aggression, especially in environments with ethnic divisions, limited resources and ineffective political institutions. He describes four ways in which organized learning spurs ethnic conflicts. Socialization in school shapes students' identities and the norms governing intercommunal relations. Education can also increase students' frustration and aggression when their expectations are not met. Sometimes, the competitive atmosphere gives students an incentive to participate in violence. Finally, education provides students with superior abilities to mobilize violent ethnic movements. Lange employs a cross-national statistical analysis with case studies of Sri Lanka, Cyprus, the Palestinian territories, India, sub-Saharan Africa, Canada and Germany.

Cultural Anthropology

Language, Religion, and Ethnic Assertiveness: The Growth of Sinhalese Nationalism in Sri Lanka. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. Diamond, Stanley. 1972 [1969]. “Anthropology in Question.” In Dell Hymes, ed.

Cultural Anthropology

An accessible introductory texbook which covers not only the classical topics of cultural anthropology - economics, politics, kinship, religion, language, gender - but also seriously engages with contemporary cultural processes and problems like nationalism, ethnic conflict, consumption, development, popular culture, cultural tourism and cultural movements like globalization and fundamentalism.

Demographic Engineering Population Strategies in Ethnic Conflict

Dharmadasa, K.N.O. 1992: Language, Religion and Ethnic Assertiveness: The Growth of Sinhalese Nationalism in Sri Lanka (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press). Diamond, Jared 1999: Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human ...

Demographic Engineering  Population Strategies in Ethnic Conflict

Demography has always mattered in conflict, but with conflict increasingly of an inter-ethnic nature, with sharper demographic differences between ethnic groups and with the spread of democracy, numbers count in conflict now more than ever. This book argues for and develops a framework for demographic engineering which provides a fresh perspective for looking at political events in countries where ethnicity matters. It asks how policies have been framed and implemented to change the demography of ethnic groups on the ground in their own interests. It also examines how successful these policies have been, focusing on the cases of Sri Lanka, Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland and the USA. Often these policies are hidden but author Paul Morland teases them out with skill both from the statistics and documentary records and through conversations with participants. Offering a new way of thinking about demographic engineering (’hard demography’ versus ’soft demography’) and how ethnic groups in conflict deploy demographic strategies, this book will have a broad appeal to demographers, geographers and political scientists.

Conflict and Peace in South Asia

In: P. Janke (Ed.), Ethnic and religious conflicts: Europe and Asia (pp. 267–300). ... Language, religion, and ethnic assertiveness: The growth of Sinhalese nationalism in Sri Lanka. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Conflict and Peace in South Asia

South Asia is a distinct geographical entity comprised of seven countries - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives (situated in the Indian Ocean). This book looks at these countries in a historical context, from inter-regional and international perspectives.

The Emergence and Evolution of Religion

Language, Religion, and Ethnic Assertiveness: The Growth of Sinhalese Nationalism in Sri Lanka. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. Dimberg, Ulf and Monika Thunberg. 1998. “Rapid Reactions to Emotional Facial Expressions.

The Emergence and Evolution of Religion

Written by leading theorists and empirical researchers, this book presents new ways of addressing the old question: Why did religion first emerge and then continue to evolve in all human societies? The authors of the book—each with a different background across the social sciences and humanities—assimilate conceptual leads and empirical findings from anthropology, evolutionary biology, evolutionary sociology, neurology, primate behavioral studies, explanations of human interaction and group dynamics, and a wide range of religious scholarship to construct a deeper and more powerful explanation of the origins and subsequent evolutionary development of religions than can currently be found in what is now vast literature. While explaining religion has been a central question in many disciplines for a long time, this book draws upon a much wider array of literature to develop a robust and cross-disciplinary analysis of religion. The book remains true to its subtitle by emphasizing an array of both biological and sociocultural forms of selection dynamics that are fundamental to explaining religion as a universal institution in human societies. In addition to Darwinian selection, which can explain the biology and neurology of religion, the book outlines a set of four additional types of sociocultural natural selection that can fill out the explanation of why religion first emerged as an institutional system in human societies, and why it has continued to evolve over the last 300,000 years of societal evolution. These sociocultural forms of natural selection are labeled by the names of the early sociologists who first emphasized them, and they can be seen as a necessary supplement to the type of natural selection theorized by Charles Darwin. Explanations of religion that remain in the shadow cast by Darwin’s great insights will, it is argued, remain narrow and incomplete when explaining a robust sociocultural phenomenon like religion.

When Politics Are Sacralized

Comparative Perspectives on Religious Claims and Nationalism Nadim N. Rouhana, Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian ... Language, Religion, and Ethnic Assertiveness: The Growth of Sinhalese Nationalism in Sri Lanka. Ann Arbor: University of ...

When Politics Are Sacralized

This book provides a comparative, interdisciplinary analysis of the invocation and interaction of religious and national assertions in sacralizing local and global politics.

Sri Lanka in the Modern Age

Arguments founded on race , lineage and myths were widely used by associations of minority communities , in order to ... 24 K.N.O. Dharmadasa , Language , Religion and Ethnic Assertiveness : The Growth of Sinhalese Nationalism in Sri ...

Sri Lanka in the Modern Age

Originally published: London: C. Hurst, c2005.

Nationalism and War

Language, Religion, and Ethnic Assertiveness - The Growth of Sinhalese Nationalism in Sri Lanka. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. Farmer, B.H. 1963. Ceylon: A Divided Nation. London: Oxford University Press. Fortin, P. 1984.

Nationalism and War

Leading social scientists and historians examine the complex relationship between warfare and the emergence of nationalism.