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The Transcendence of Locality and the Persistence of Community in Sri Lanka, 1980-1995

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In 1995, a resurvey of a sample of households in eight communities located in Galle and Nuwara Eliya districts fifteen years after the original survey provides strong evidence that communities are taking on new functions. The intersection of household changes in size, age distribution, education level and income earning with the continuing and rapid integration of communities into the market economy, the centralized state and the homogenizing culture are generating new responsibilities for communities. Far from disintegrating, communities are gaining a new life taking on added functions in education, in care of the elderly, and with the creation of organizations for community development. The evidence suggests that change in Sri Lanka is strengthening local communities.

Affiliations: 1: Centre for India and South Asia Research, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


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