lnu.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Voices of Sri Lanka's Youth: Aspirations and Perceptions of Freedom and Possibilities
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

During November and December 2007 a Minor Field Study was conducted in the southwest

of Sri Lanka with the aim of exploring the aspirations and perceptions of freedom and

possibilities among a sample of Sri Lankan youth and also how their situation is viewed upon

by people in their close surroundings. The aim was also try to discern the main concerns and

indicators of unfreedom that in the eye of the informants are viewed as obstacles to

development, to personal human development as well as to the development of Sri Lanka as a

nation. The theoretical framework that was used as inspirational ground and basis for the

formulation of the project, was Amartya Sen’s concept of “development as freedom” and his

“capability approach” which focuses on the human potential and what freedom an individual

enjoys to convert capabilities into desired functionings or the realization of aspirations. This

modern economic theory was tested in this context to find out if it is applicable and relevant

in ethnographic development studies. Despite its lack of numerical metrics, the “capability

approach” seems very relevant to describe the reality of at least the Lankese youth in this

study. As methodology for the qualitative field work, Hadley Cantril’s “aspiration-model”

and his “self-anchoring striving scale” was used which provides a simple, easily applicable

interview technique for exploring the unique reality of an individual and what it shares or

don’t shares with that of others. The results show that there are many strong aspirations

among the Sri Lankan youth; aspirations of being a good person that achieve something in

life, aspirations of being able to take the best care of the family, to go through a qualitative

education and to get a good job with a good salary. Many youth want to go abroad. Of course

there are aspirations of peace in the war-torn country. There are concerns and feelings of

unfreedom that relate to the unemployment situation, a very difficult economic situation in the

country, underdevelopment and inadequate facilities, the ongoing war, and political

unfreedom.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , p. 63
Keywords [en]
Sri Lanka, Youth, Aspirations, Concerns, Perceptions, Freedom, Possibilities, Opportunities
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-2050OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-2050DiVA, id: diva2:205939
Uppsok
samhälle/juridik
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2008-05-20 Created: 2008-05-20 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(390 kB)1352 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 390 kBChecksum MD5
ebc443cbb577a7b6cf9071ce19afff8df867d6e18130ebe8d9d72b7a9ff4ddd1b7f28638
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
School of Social Sciences
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 1352 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 589 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf