The Sarvodaya Movement: Holistic Development and Risk Governance in Sri Lanka

1st Edition

Praveena Rajkobal

Routledge
November 25, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 216 Pages - 3 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367224585 - CAT# 301690
Series: Routledge Research in Religion and Development

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Summary

This book provides an important case study of how local cultures, religions and spiritualties can enhance development activities, and provide helpful frameworks for contemporary societies facing the pressures of neoliberalism. It specifically traces how the influential Sri Lankan Sarvodaya Movement has deployed concepts of spirituality-based holistic development to help local communities with post-tsunami reconstruction and redevelopment.

Throughout, the author provides a Three Sphere conceptualisation of holistic sustainable development, focused on Culture, Economics and Power, slightly revising the Sarvodaya’s Three Sphere model comprising Spirituality, Economics and Power. The author contends that the success of holistic development, including risk governance, is largely contingent on an awareness of the interdependency of these three spheres, and establishing equitable partnerships between communities, NGOs, INGOs, States, and the private sector. Overall, this book argues that religion, spirituality, and non-religious worldviews play an important role amongst other resources concerned with how to survive the pressures of neoliberalism and environmental risks and crises.

The Sarvodaya Movement, which draws on Buddhist concepts of spirituality, is widely acknowledged as an important example of spirituality and community-driven development, and as such, this book will be of interest to scholars of Development and Humanitarian Studies, Religious Studies, and South Asian Studies.

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