Civil Society in Civil War: The Case of Sri Lanka

  title={Civil Society in Civil War: The Case of Sri Lanka},
  author={C. Nataly Parra Orjuela},
This article argues, using the case of Sri Lanka, that what is theoretically lumped together as ‘civil society’ is not uniform, neutral or necessarily pro-peace. In Sri Lanka, the civil society sphere is shaped by colonial heritage, post-colonial structures of political patronage and the growth of an NGO sector dependent on foreign funding. Civil society is geographically and ethnically divided and comprises struggles both in favour of and against a negotiated settlement to the violent conflict… CONTINUE READING