Ethnography and Comparison

A great, short piece by Erica Simmons and Nicholas Ruth Smith – “Comparison with an Ethnographic Sensibility” in the new issue of PS. They grapple with how to combine ethnography with systematic comparative research. Go check it out.

 

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JR Doesn’t Hold Back

JR Jayewardene (“JR”) was one of the major figures of Sri Lanka’s history. Here he is, in a 1980 interview with James Manor, on future Prime Minister and Sinhala-only proponent SWRD Bandaranaike in cabinet meetings during the early post-independence UNP government (Manor, The Expedient Utopian, p. 188):

“We always waited for him to have his orgasm; then we could get on with things.”