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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…