By Michael Roberts
Caste clash and Elite Formation is a research within the social heritage of Sri Lanka. although, it doesn't basically rfile the outstanding successes in enterprise and within the acquisition of Western-educated specialist abilities which have been accomplished by means of households from the Karava caste over the last centuries; their advances, and the social and political struggles which observed this method, are hired as a window during which a survey of social switch in Sri Lanka over the last 400 years is carried out. The curiosity of the booklet extends past the numerous attention-grabbing social incidents, old traits and channels of elite formation which are defined inside of its pages to a chain of managed comparisons which display the standards chargeable for the formation of the Karava elite. hence the booklet extends the methodological frontiers of the social background of the quarter. It emphasizes the importance of the styles of caste discrimination and caste interplay in Sri Lankan politics, and divulges how those styles have been valuable to the incentives and possibilities which powered the advances of the Karava households.
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By the late eighteenth century the integrative tendency could be said to have gained the upper hand. But the greater the acculturation and integration, the more noticeable was their subordinate social status and the more noticeable were the privileges enjoyed by the Goyigama. This encouraged the K S D elites to challenge the Goyigama in a variety of fields. But in challenging the Goyigama they were treating the latter as a point of reference, as a comparative reference group. In trying to out-manoeuvre the Goyigama, they tended to emulate the Goyigama aristocracy.
Chapter eight seeks to achieve this explanation through a series of controlled comparisons between a contracting series of social categories: the Low-Country Sinhalese are compared with the other Sinhalese, that is, those in the Kandyan districts; the K S D are compared with other Low-Country Sinhalese; the Karava are compared with the Salagama and Durava; and the noticeably successful Moratuwa Karava26 are compared with the other Karava. Chapter nine then trims this exploratory analysis and intuitively seeks to delineate the principal factors in broad historical sequence.
75-6. Ryan (1953, p. 5) believes that this document may even be of a later origin than the fifteenth century, and Ralph Pieris has placed it in the late seventeenth century (1952, p. 412, n32). Nevill and Ariyapala must be considered more authoritative judges. Nevill observes that what appeared to be spurious versions of the Janavamsa were in existence. Though Nevill was partial to the Karava views, unfortunately he relied on Battaramulle Sri Subhuti thero, a notorious Goyigama polemicist, for his translation.
Caste Conflict Elite Formation by Michael Roberts