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Addressing social conflicts in Sri Lanka: social development interventions by a people's organisation

Ashok Gladston Xavier

in Social work in extremis

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427182
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303558 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427182.003.0007
Addressing social conflicts in Sri Lanka: social development interventions by a people's organisation

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This chapter looks at three projects that are being run by social workers in Sri Lanka to build community robustness, women's engagement and post-conflict cross-community engagement. By focusing on grassroots community building shaped by values of non-violent resistance and social justice, it argues that community social work models have had a significant impact in building cross-community support networks and tackling issues of in-built suspicion and rivalry between the different communities. First, the chapter provides a background to Sri Lankan society and the roots of the conflicts that have shaped the island since independence in 1948. It then discusses issues confronting peace-building initiatives as well as philosophical foundations of social work interventions.

Keywords: Sri Lanka; social justice; social work; peace-building; conflicts; women; grassroots community building; non-violent resistance; interventions

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