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Prohibited Desires: The Military-Apparel Nexus and Its Politics of Sexuality in the Sinhala Language Cinema

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In particular, this essay seeks to elaborate on Sunila Abeysekera's argument that militarization and globalization as depicted in this cinema have been largely contoured on the bodies and subjectivities of the "garment girls" and "army boys" (Abeysekera, 2005: 23-29). Abeysekera states that the combination of intensive militarization and globalization of the country has led to radical shifts in its social structures -- resulting in the increase of migrant women workers, female heads of households, and the enrollment of rural male youth into the Sri Lanka army.
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Keywords: Sinhala language art cinema; alienation; army boys; garment girls; national identity; urbanization

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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