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Michael Lavalette and Vasilios Ioakimidis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427182

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427182.001.0001

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

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

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(p.93) six Addressing social conflicts in Sri Lanka: social development interventions by a people's organisation
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Social work in extremis
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Ashok Gladston Xavier

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427182.003.0007

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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