Gender and the Nationalist Imagination of Women in Sri Lanka
Keywords:Sri Lanka, Tamil nationalism, gender, Sinhalese nationalism, women, patriarchy.
The paper focuses on how hierarchical gender relations that form the basis of the patriarchal Sri Lankan society allows women a very limited role within nationalist politics. It explores both Sinhalese and Tamil nationalism, exposes their inherently patriarchal nature and their respective nationalist imagination of women. It further sheds light on the myriad ways that Sinhalese and Tamil women submit to or subvert this nationalist expectation of them through their actions.
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