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Der „Andere“ als Schurke: Zur Rolle ethnisierter Feindbilder in den srilankischen Friedensverhandlungen


Korf, Benedikt (2004). Der „Andere“ als Schurke: Zur Rolle ethnisierter Feindbilder in den srilankischen Friedensverhandlungen. Internationales Asienforum = International Quarterly for Asian Studies, 35(3-4):245-261.

Abstract

This article argues that, in the current peace process in Sri Lanka, powerful actors from all three ethnic groups, namely Singhalese, Tamils and Muslims, use rogue images of the ethnic “other” to delegitimise the political claims and weaken the bargaining power of these “others” in the current peace negotiations. The art­icle describes the major discursive arguments advanced against political and territorial claims of the “others” and illustrates how those who wield power in all three ethnic communities use these arguments against the “other” to divert attention from internal rifts and contradictions within the “ethnic self”. In add­ition, the rogue logic suggests territorial solutions to social conflicts based on ethnically homogeneous entities, while a solution should rather be sought in the reform of political institutions. The paper concludes that the rogue logic continues to be a serious impediment to democratic peace in Sri Lanka, because it frames solutions in “win-lose” terms and thus reduces the willingness to compromise with the “ethnic other”.

This article argues that, in the current peace process in Sri Lanka, powerful actors from all three ethnic groups, namely Singhalese, Tamils and Muslims, use rogue images of the ethnic “other” to delegitimise the political claims and weaken the bargaining power of these “others” in the current peace negotiations. The art­icle describes the major discursive arguments advanced against political and territorial claims of the “others” and illustrates how those who wield power in all three ethnic communities use these arguments against the “other” to divert attention from internal rifts and contradictions within the “ethnic self”. In add­ition, the rogue logic suggests territorial solutions to social conflicts based on ethnically homogeneous entities, while a solution should rather be sought in the reform of political institutions. The paper concludes that the rogue logic continues to be a serious impediment to democratic peace in Sri Lanka, because it frames solutions in “win-lose” terms and thus reduces the willingness to compromise with the “ethnic other”.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:German
Date:2004
Deposited On:23 Aug 2012 10:47
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:56
Publisher:Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut
ISSN:0020-9449
Official URL:http://www.arnold-bergstraesser.de/cms2/index.php/de/publikationen/internationalesasienforum/3534/228-korff

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