Rethinking Alcohol and Conflict: The Politics of Alcohol in Post-war Sri Lanka and Nepal

Oliver Walton, Sujeet Karn, Gayathri Lokuge

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Abstract

Existing research on the relationship between alcohol and conflict has focused on displaced populations and viewed alcohol largely as a driver of post-war social problems such as trauma and violence. We draw on qualitative research in Sri Lanka and Nepal to build a more complex picture of alcohol’s role in post-war societies that is attuned to its political economy dimensions and its politically symbolic role. This article develops a comparative and multi-disciplinary approach to demonstrate how narratives about alcohol can reinforce existing processes of social marginalisation and how alcohol can play an important symbolic role in post-war politics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-487
Number of pages27
JournalCivil Wars
Volume23
Issue number3
Early online date23 Nov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations

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