Tears of Shame: Sri Lankan Mothers Negotiating Experiences of Caregiving and Disability

Fiona Kumari Campbell (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    This chapter presents original research about configurations of shame (lajja-baya) as it is understood within a Sri Lankan Buddhist framework and its impact on mothers and partners where a family member experiences disability. Understandings of care ethics in Western societies are formulated through a prism of possessive individualism and a demarcation of the private and public spheres. In order to engage with anti-racist practice, practitioners and researchers must embark on the journey of comparative travel and shift our frames altogether to see things. The delimitations of this study is critically outlined and I engage with the notion of mothering and child learning. A discussion of family-kin relations (parvula) will move to an exploration of fear-shame through the concept of lajja-baya in women’s and girls’ lives and how this might impact on caregiving roles.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRethinking Feminist Theories for Social Work Practice
    EditorsChristine Cocker, Trish Hafford-Letchfield
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)9783030942410
    ISBN (Print)9783030942403
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2022


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