From mat weavers to box-makers: agency, development, and the production of heritage in Sri Lanka

Chamithri Greru*

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Abstract

The mediation of development agencies is a growing concern for the Global South. Further research is needed to explore the manner in which authorised notions of development cascade down to the more discrete levels of society and alter understandings of heritage. This paper presents everyday narratives of craftswomen working in an export production village, discussing how development brings significant social, cultural, material, and economic changes. Highlighting the paradox of development – that it can intensify the very marginalisation it seeks to overcome – the paper suggests the need for careful integration of heritage within development activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Early online date31 Aug 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Aug 2021

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