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Taking liberties and making liberty: religious bounding and political violence in Sri Lanka


Johnson, Deborah (2016). Taking liberties and making liberty: religious bounding and political violence in Sri Lanka. Religion, 46(3):309-330.

Abstract

This paper argues that the relationship between religion and violent politics is best understood through a focus on religious practice. The case study of the Tamil Catholic Church within Sri Lanka’s civil war is presented against a back- drop of Buddhist monk participation in violent insurgency decades earlier. The discrete cases evidence a common preoccupation with management of physical borders and discursive boundaries as actors seek to reproduce themselves and their work as legitimately ‘religious’. Despite relying on remaining ‘pure’ from the dirty political realm, in practice religion is bound to social action and reproduced through the violent circumstances it engages.

Abstract

This paper argues that the relationship between religion and violent politics is best understood through a focus on religious practice. The case study of the Tamil Catholic Church within Sri Lanka’s civil war is presented against a back- drop of Buddhist monk participation in violent insurgency decades earlier. The discrete cases evidence a common preoccupation with management of physical borders and discursive boundaries as actors seek to reproduce themselves and their work as legitimately ‘religious’. Despite relying on remaining ‘pure’ from the dirty political realm, in practice religion is bound to social action and reproduced through the violent circumstances it engages.

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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:English
Date:22 February 2016
Deposited On:26 Feb 2016 13:02
Last Modified:02 Feb 2018 09:52
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0048-721X
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/0048721X.2016.1139012

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