ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Politics of Urban Transformation in Post-War Colombo

Cementing Hegemony

Urban renewal in post-war Colombo is not only transforming the city's physical but also its political landscape. A visual landscape marked by aesthetic enhancement, "world-class" spaces and cleanliness is normalising militarisation, social exclusion, ethno-nationalism and erosion of democracy. The sight of the military rather than the municipality at work is now part of the city's (and the country's) new visual, spatial and political order. Market-friendly militarisation is driving Colombo's development and beautifi cation leading to segregation, rapid financialisation of land, and forced displacement.

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