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Dr. L.D. Sarath Vitharana Back

B.A.(Kel'ya), M.S.Sc.(Kel'ya), Ph.D.(JNU- New Delhi)-






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Department of Sociology,

University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka


Address

“Nalika,” Weeragollawatta, Monnekulame, Nikeweratiya.


Senior Lecturer (Grade II)

Sri Lankan Society and Culture

Development Sociology

Political Sociology

Senior Student Counselor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya.

Coordinator, M.A/M.S.Sc Sociology in English Medium

2005 – 2009: PhD in Sociology (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in India)

The principal objective of my PhD study entitled “POLITICAL INTERVENTION AND SOCIAL CHANGE: A CASE STUDY OF A VILLAGE IN NORTHWESTERN SRI LANKA” has been to examine the process of social change in rural Sri Lanka with a special focus on the contemporary period. The study has a clear historical perspective. However, the study of the contemporary period was primarily based on an ethnographic study of ‘Kurulubedde’ (a pseudo-name), a dry zone village situated in Northwestern Sri Lanka. The study preceded with the idea that intervention of the state through its distributive mechanism since mid 1930s has played a major role in the socio-economic changes that have taken place at the village level. As I argued in this study, this changing process created special characteristics of political mobilization in Sri Lankan rural society that made an institutionalized and (politically) legitimized national system of patronage in which competitive political parties, the state and the masses are closely linked. However, the state’s capability to perform its distributive intervention was limited as state policies themselves have changed over time that further constrained the function of the distributive mechanism. This situation created different socio-political circumstances at the village level which constitute the prime focus of this study.

1998 – 2001: M.S.Sc. in Sociology (University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka)

Contents One year course work in Sociology with one year research component (Title of the M.S.Sc. dissertation: Modernization of Rural Society in Sothern Province of Sri Lanka: A Sociological Analysis)

1993 – 1997: B.A. (Special) in Sociology (University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka)


Contents Four year course focused on conceptual and theoretical issues in Sociology with one year research component (Title of the BA dissertation: A Sociological Analysis on the Influence of Youth Unrest to Social Development: With Reference to Kamburupitiya Divisional Secretariat in Matara District, Sri Lanka))

2008 to Present: Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

2003 to 2008: Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

1998 to 2001: Temporary Assistant Lecturer, Dept. of Sociology, University of Kelaniya

2005 to 2009: Indo-Sri Lanka Cultural Exchange Scholarship for doctoral studies in Sociology at Jawaharla Nehru University, New Delhi in India

2006: NCAS (National center for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social science) Award to Pursue PhD field study

2013, Sociologist, Midterm evaluation on ‘Community Governance in Infrastructure Services in Sri Lanka’ Submitted to Practical Action, Colombo

2013, Researcher, Qualitative Data Collection, Northern Expressway Development Project Resettlement Plan Preparation conducted by Institute of Development Research and Consultancy (IDRC) Pvt. Ltd.

2010, Coordinator, Benefits Monitoring and Evaluation survey of the Conflict Affected Area Rehabilitation project (CAARP) via funding from the ADB

2009, Field Coordinator, Public Opinion Survey on Current Socioeconomic and Political Situation in Sri Lanka (the research conducted by an independent research team in which I worked as a researcher aimed to investigate the people’s opinion on Socio-economic and Political Situation in post-war Sri Lanka)

2005, Researcher, Livelihood Assessment of Tsunamy Victims in Western Province of Sri Lanka, conducted by Department of Sociology, University of Keleniya, Sponsored by Sewa Lanka Foundation

2005, Researcher, Baseline Survey on Tsunami Affected Families in the Western Province of Sri Lanka, conducted by Department of Sociology, University of Keleniya, for the request of Human Disaster Management Council from the University

2004, Researcher, Socio-Political Changes in a Traditional Sinhala Village in Sri Lanka (Tanne – a village in Balngoda divisional secretariat of Rathnapura district) Conducted by Dept. of Sociology University of Kelaniya

2003, District Coordinator, A Sociological Study on Domestic Violence (A field Research of six Districts) Conducted by Dept. of Sociology University of Kelaniya, Sponsored by Ministry of Women Affairs

2003, Researcher, Socio-Economic Changes faced by the New Paddy Colony Dwellers of Mahawali Development Project (Undurawe a village in Kekirawe divisional secretariat of Anuradapura district) Conducted by Dept. of Sociology, University of Kelaniya

2002Researcher, Social and cultural changes in a traditional Sinhala village in Sri Lanka (Pul Eliya - a Village in Medewachchiya Divisional Secretarial Division of Anuradapura District) Conducted by Dept. of Sociology, University of Kelaniy

2001, Researcher, Social Structure and Organization of a Fisheries Sub-Culture, (Kandakuliy - A Village in Kalpitiya Divisional Secretariat Division of Puttalam District) Conducted by Dept. of Sociology, University of Kelaniya

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2014, (with others) Compilation of Case Studies: Community Governance in Infrastructure Services in Sri Lanka, Colombo: Practical Action

2014, DAKUNU ASIYANU SAMAJAYA HA SANSKRUTIYA: SAMAJA MANAVA VIDYATHMAKA VIGRAHAYAK (South Asian Society and Culture: Socio-Anthropological Analysis), Ranala: South Asian Research and Training Centre

2005, Handbook for Postgraduate Students, Department of Sociology, University of Kelaniya

2002, SRI LANKAWE TARUNYA, ATHETHAYA, WARTHAMANAYA SAHA ANGATHAYA (Youth in Sri Lanka. Past present and future) Matara: Authors publication

2014, Buddhism, Welfarism and Social Development in Sri Lanka, in Buddhism for Sustainable Development and Social Change, Vietnam Buddhist University Series 21, Vietnam: Religious Press

2004, MUUDBIM PSNSTHS, WANIJA BOGAWAGAWA SAHA DAKUNU PALATHE SAMPRADAIKA SINHALA GAMAKA SAMJA WENASVIMA (Waste land Ordinance, Commercial Plantation and Social Change in a Traditional Sinhala village of Southern in Sri Lanka)-in “INDUVARA” Vol.02, No. 02, The Journal of Social Science, University of Peradeniye, Sri Lanka, 253-292.

2003, DAKUNU PALATHE GAMI SAMJAYA (Peasant Society in Southern Province of Sri Lanka) in DINASA, Vol. 02, The Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, pp. 154-161

2003, NAWEEKARANAYE: ASIWA, AFFIRCAWA, LATHIN AMERICAWA SAHA SRI LANKAWA (Modernization. Asia, Africa, Latin America and Sri Lanka) in SANYUKHA-Vol.01-The Journal of Sociology, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, pp. 139-170

2002, SAMPRADYAIKE DEEWARA GAMI UPA-SANSKUTHIYA SAHA SAMAJA NAWEEKARANAYA (Traditional Fisheries Sub-Culture and their Social Change Coerced by Modernization) in NIWADINI. Vol.09, No. 01, Biannaual jaournal of Women Education and Reserach Center, Sri Lanka, pp. 93-116.


2001, TEA KARMANTHAYA ASHRITHA KANTHA SRAMAYA SAHA GAMI ARTHIKAYA TULA OUNGE DAYAKATHVAYA (Women’s Labour and their Contribution to Rural in Law Country Tea Industry) in WINIWIDA-The journal of Collected Research Articles Presented in Third national Conference of Gender related Problems, Published by Women Research education Center, Wallewatta, Sri Lanka, pp. 69-89

2013, Politicization of Community Organization  and Development Process in Rural Sri Lanka: A Case Study of Northwestern Sri Lanka – 2nd International Conference on the Social Sciences held at 22nd & 23rd November 2013 in University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

2013, Social Impacts of ‘Rajarata Kidney Disease:’ With Special Reference to Welioya divisional secretariet Divisions – 2nd International Conference on the Social Sciences held at 22nd & 23rd November 2013 in University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

2011, Welfare Democracy and Everyday Politics: A Case Study in Northwestern Sri Lanka – 1st International Conference on the Social Sciences and the Humanities held at 16-17th December 2011 in Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

2010, Implications of Distributive Welfare Mechanism on Development and Social Change in Sri Lanka – International Conference on Competency Building Strategies in Business and Technology for Sustainable Development held at Sri Sai Ram Institute of Management Studies, Sai Ram Engineering Collage, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

2005, Land fragmentation in Rural Sri Lanka: A Sociological  Analysis of a Southern Sri Lanka Village, presented to the 10 the International Conference on Sri Lankan Studies, held at 16th-18th December 2005 in University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

2003, Waste land Ordinance, Commercial Plantation and Social Change in a Traditional Sinhala Village of Southern Sri Lanka (Ehalakanda-a Village in pasgoda Divisional Secretariat Division of Matara District.), Presented to the Annual research Symposium, faculty of Graduate Studies, University of kelaniya, Sri Lanka, pp. 35-36

2003, JANASANKARAMANAYA: SAMKALPANATHMAKA SAHA ITHIHASIKA ORAVASAYAK. (Migration: A Conceptual and Historical Analysis) in SAMAJA SAMEEHSKA, Vol. 03, The Journal of Sociology, Vol. 03. Dept. of Sociology, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, pp. 114-132

2001, SHISTACHARAYEN MAIACHCHATWAYATA (From Civilization to Barbarism) in NIWADINI , Vol. 08, No. 01, Biannual Journal of Women Research and Education Center, Sri Lnaka, pp. 04-15

2004, Workshop on Research Methodology, Organized by the Research centre for Social Sciences, University of Keleniya, Sri Lanka, 04th to 5th November.

2004, Academic Staff Training Workshop, Conducted by the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Keleniya

2004, Staff Development Course for Probationary Lecturer, Conducted by the Staff Development Unite of the University of Keleniya and accredited by the University Grants Commission, held at the University of Keleniya, Sri Lanka

2003, Peace Building Program for University Community, Conducted by the Center for peace Building and Reconciliation (CPBR) in Collaboration with Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), held at SUBODI Institute in Piliyandala, Sri Lanka

2002, Intensive Training Workshop on National Involuntary Resettlement Policy, Conducted by Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and Ministry of Land, Sponsored by Asian Development Bank and World Bank, held at the Hector Kobbakaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2001, Training Program on Teaching Methodology, Conducted by The Staff Development Center, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, held at the Sri Lankan Foundation Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka, March 2001.

2000, Training Workshop for Young Social Scientists, Conducted by National Science foundation, held at the SLAAS Auditorium Colombo, 04-05 August 2000



 

Research History

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