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Symbolic Warfare in the ethnocratic state: Conceptualising memorialisation and territoriality in Sri Lanka

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McDowell, Sara (2012) Symbolic Warfare in the ethnocratic state: Conceptualising memorialisation and territoriality in Sri Lanka. Terrorism and Political Violence, 24 (1). pp. 22-37. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1080/09546553.2011.598196

Abstract

Ethnocracies defend and protect the hegemony and territory of a dominant ethnic-nation. This article considers how paramilitary or guerrilla organisations professing to act on behalf of minority groups have used non-violent spatial practices such as memorialisation to contest the authority of the ethnocratic state and reassert their own (with varying success). Within ethnocracies where territory is fiercely contested memorialisation has the specific capacity to extend the parameters of conflict constituting a form of symbolic warfare. In exploring the nexus between memorialisation and territoriality this article reflects on the symbolic conflict between the LTTE and the Government of Sri Lanka before the former's obliteration in May 2009.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Environmental Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute
Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Society and Environment
ID Code:22395
Deposited By:Ms Sharon McKee
Deposited On:05 Jun 2012 09:33
Last Modified:05 Jun 2012 09:33

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