The Struggle for a Multilingual Future

Youth and Education in Sri Lanka

By: Christina P. Davis

About the Book

I’m very happy to announce that my book was released on January 22, 2020. It is part of the Anthropology of Language series at Oxford University Press, which is devoted to works focusing on linguistic practices as forms of social action. The book is based on ethnographic and linguistic research I conducted in Kandy, Sri Lanka during and after the civil war (2007–2008; 2011). My book examines the tensions between ethnic conflict and multilingual education policy in the linguistic and social practices of Sri Lankan minority youth. It is suitable for undergraduate students studying linguistic and sociocultural anthropology, sociolinguistics, multilingual education, or South Asian Studies.

This book would not have been possible without the help of my Sri Lankan research assistants, colleagues, and friends. I am also lucky to have had amazing Tamil teachers in India, Sri Lanka, and the U.S., and to have benefited from the mentorship of Judith T. Irvine, Barbra A. Meek, Thomas R. Trautmann, and Webb Keane at the University of Michigan. Our fantastic Anthropology majors and minors at Western Illinois University provided me with insights and inspiration. We are lucky to have such an intelligent and hard-working group of students.