Sri Lanka

by Siri Hettige, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and member of ISA Research Committees on Sociology of Education (RC04), Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19), and Sociology of Youth (RC34) As is well known, many non-western societies came under western colonial domination starting in the early sixteenth century. Sri Lanka, previously known as Ceylon, […]

by Subhangi M.K. Herath, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka The development of Sri Lankan sociology obviously does not follow a clear-cut tradition in sociology unlike that practiced in Europe or America. It is a high blend of sociology and anthropology, with a significant skewing towards anthropology. Two reasons for this are obvious: One is that […]

by Kalinga Tudor Silva, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka Sri Lankan sociology began with ethnographic and historical approaches to understanding a stable and largely peaceful society by local and international researchers during the 1960s. These studies tried to unravel the underlying principles shaping durable institutions like kinship, land tenure, religion, and caste. Almost taken by […]

by Farzana Haniffa, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka July 1983 has now become a pivotal date in Sri Lanka that many look back on as signaling the beginning of the ethnic conflict. It is seen as the point that exemplifies the breakdown of relations between a mostly Sinhala southern government and Sri Lanka’s Tamils, and the […]

by Premakumara de Silva, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and member of ISA Research Committee on Sociology of Religion (RC22) Sri Lanka has a long tradition of sociological and anthropological inquiry, which is evident from the extensive work done by both foreign and Sri Lankan sociologists and anthropologists on aspects of Sri Lankan society and […]