Scarred Communities

Psychosocial Impact of Man-made and Natural Disasters on Sri Lankan Society

by Daya Somasundaram

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  • 8132119665
  • 9788132111689
  • 9788132119661
Scarred Communities is a qualitative, psycho-ecological study of the long-term effects of disasters—both man-made and natural—on Sri Lankan communities. The book studies the effects of war and the 2004 tsunami on families and communities. The concept of collective trauma is introduced to provide a framework in understanding how basic social processes, relationships and networks change due to these disasters.

The methodology employed is a naturalistic, psychosocial ethnography of northern Sri Lanka, drawing from the author’s participation in psychosocial and community mental health programmes among the Tamil community. Participatory observation, key informant interviews and focus-group discussions with rehabilitation workers and officials were used to gather data.

The author also analyses the various causes of modern civil war, ethnic consciousness, terror and counter-insurgency operations and their consequences on people. Though the study revolves around Sri Lanka, the phenomenon of collective trauma has an international relevance for communities across the globe caught in civil and ethnic strife.

This book is a sequel to Scarred Minds (SAGE, 1998), which deals with the effects of chronic civil war on individuals.


  • SAGE Publications; February 2014
  • ISBN: 9788132119661
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  • Title: Scarred Communities
  • Author: Daya Somasundaram
  • Imprint: Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 8132119665
  • 9788132111689
  • 9788132119661

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A rare volume that details the psychosocial impact of manmade and natural disasters of Sri Lankan society...this volume will help the readers to show a definite path to move ahead leaving the tragedy and hoping the prosperous life of the civil society in Sri Lanka.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 8132119665
  • 9788132111689
  • 9788132119661