From Gananath Obeyesekere

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Child ordinations and the rights of children – Gananath Obeyesekere

” The more serious problem is that of sexual abuse notoriously associated with all forms of institutionalized monasticism, witness the recent cases of abuse of children put in their pastoral care even by high prelates of the Catholic Church. But Catholics have no system of child ordination and therefore the possibility of abuse of children…

The Rise of the Labour Movement in Ceylon – Review by Gananath Obeyesekere

Visakha Kumari Jayawardene. The Rise of the Labour Movement in Ceylon. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1972. Pp. 382. Review by Gananath Obeyesekere University of California, San Diego “The naive-Marxist view of the proletariat infuses the book in another way. The proletarians are the good guys, the British and the conservative Ceylonese elite (the ruling…

“How I became an Anthropologist” Prof. Gananath Obeyesekere

The keynote address delivered on sociology day in 2015 at the University of Peradeniya, and elsewhere published as In Praise of Foolishness (with Apologies to Erasmus).In this essay he reflects back on his own works. “In the more popular paper I argue that right thorough history literary chronicles refer to the king in heroic terms…