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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