Negotiating reconstruction: understanding hybridity in Sri Lanka’s post-disaster and post-conflict reconstruction processes

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Abstract

This paper considers the diverse processes of ‘reconstruction’ that have taken place in Sri Lanka following the devastating tsunami in 2004, and the end of the war in 2009. We argue for a reading of post-crisis reconstruction in Sri Lanka which complicates the ‘liberal’ versus ‘authoritarian’ binary often used to characterise these reconstruction processes, and brings to the fore the complexity of the decisions and tensions around reconstruction in Sri Lanka. We advocate using the concept of hybridity to better understand the multiple processes of reconstruction that have taken place in Sri Lanka since 2004, how they interact and how an approach to reconstruction that is unique to Sri Lanka may be in the process of being negotiated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-239
Number of pages22
JournalPeacebuilding
Volume8
Issue number2
Early online date28 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2020

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Peacebuilding on 28/11/2018, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21647259.2018.1551304

Keywords

  • Post-disaster reconstruction
  • Sri Lanka
  • hybridity
  • peacebuilding
  • post-conflict reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Safety Research
  • Political Science and International Relations

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