This collection of essays constitutes a tribute to the hybrid and multicultural nature of Sri Lanka‘s society and cultures, composed of Sinhala, Tamil, Muslims and Burghers as well as a multitude of faiths. The volume challenges assumptions of ethnic purity (based on myths of origin) by attempting to recover a hidden history of hybridity. The essays in this book cover a range of topics from the personal effects of hybridity to its political ramifications.
Part of the agenda of the writers is devoted to deriving a theoretical discourse that enables them to locate the real contexts they grapple with. They render a meaning for the term hybridity, which reflects the complexities within the Sri Lankan context.
The contributors, who include distinguished scholars and researchers, make a significant intervention in the Sri Lankan public sphere, and this volume can pave the way for future research, multicultural education, and policy-making as well as conflict resolution. It can also open up other issues pertaining to the conflict which have been hitherto marginalized, and refigure the ongoing debates on Sri Lanka‘s future.