Demons and Development
The Struggle for Community in a Sri Lankan Village
James Brow witnessed these possession trances and sorcery accusations as they occurred, enabling him to convey this richly textured story interweaving political factionalism and troubled spirits. Official projects of development have proceeded apace in Sri Lanka, but until now there have been few accounts of their tendency to tear apart the fabric of rural society. Demons and Development combines an engaging narrative of how development was experienced in one particular village with an original contribution to theories of hegemony, the social anthropology of South Asia, the ethnography of nationalism, and the sociology of development.
"Rigorous and informative enough to demand attention from specialists, while its brevity and readability will also appeal to a student readership. . . . His detailed and insightful account of micro-political processes at work . . . makes an essential contribution to understanding the hitherto much better documented events on the national political scene." —Pacific Affairs