(Re)making the margins: frontier assemblages and brokerage in Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Jonathan Goodhand, Oliver Walton

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Abstract

This article examines the dynamics of brokerage surrounding two moments of rupture (the tsunami and the end of the war) in Hambantota, a district in southern Sri Lanka and a key site of frontier development. We contrast the two development assemblages that emerged from these moments, examining how structural transformations shape the dynamics of brokerage, and how brokers mediate the effects of these transformations. By tracing the shifting fortunes of a local government broker, we reveal the changing power dynamics within these two assemblages, whilst highlighting how moments of rupture both open and shut down brokerage spaces.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of International Development
Early online date25 Mar 2022
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Mar 2022

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