Analysing the Sri Lankan conflict using Michael Mann's four-dimensional model of social power

Butler-De Silva, Nilanthie Lanka (2013) Analysing the Sri Lankan conflict using Michael Mann's four-dimensional model of social power. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis provides an overview of the Sri Lankan civil war with a view to identifying some of the factors that contributed to the dispute between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. It adopts a multi-causal explanation of the conflict by reference to the theories of social power developed by Michael Mann. The conflict has been variously described as an ethnic or political conflict, or has been characterised as a determined by a number of interacting factors (including colonialism, ethnicity, religion, economy, politics and globalisation). Mann’s four-dimensional model of social power is deployed to analyse the causal relationships, together with their inter-connections, which clarify the origins of the dispute. It argues that Mann’s theoretical framework helps to highlight some of the interconnected elements that contributed to the conflict.

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ID Code: 60806
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Kendal, Gavin & Bean, Clive S.
Keywords: Conflict, Michael Mann, IEMP, Power, Sri Lanka
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2013 07:34
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2015 09:59

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