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Risky Subjects: Militarization in Post-war Sri Lanka
Risky subjects: Militarization in post-war sri lanka
Neloufer de Mel

The entrenchment of militarization in Sri Lanka's sociopolitical fabric was one of the most significant outcomes of its ethnic war, fought during 1983–2009 between the Sri Lankan security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) over a separate Tamil state. Militarization, as the process by which communities not only become reliant on militaries for their security and everyday well-being but also consent to military control of civilian life and spaces, was a precondition of the war (Chenoy 2002, 4; de Mel 2007; Enloe 2000, 3). Its continued role in the management of post-war society made it a vital ally of the early ...

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