When development is not "right": Understanding the relationship between perceptions, collective action and victimhood
|Title||When development is not "right": Understanding the relationship between perceptions, collective action and victimhood|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Secondary Authors||Usoof-Thowfeek, R|
|Journal||LIVES Working Paper|
|Keywords||collective action, conflict, development, victim beliefs|
Much of the research on effective reconciliation advocates a holistic approach to social harmony in post war settings. However, many state and non-governmental entities choose physical infrastructure development, as a strategy for reconciliation believing that enhanced access to physical resources would dampen any recurrence of violence and conflict. At the end of 30 years of war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealem (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan military, the Sri Lankan government for several years after, took a similar path. This paper examines community and individual responses to such development, in post war Sri Lanka with special focus on community reactions to development in situations where development is perceived as imposed. The paper specifically examines how these responses relate to support for collective action and whether this relationship is mediated by different forms of victim beliefs that community members hold.