“Democratization, Colonial Legacy, and the Complex Nature of Ethnicity in Contemporary Myanmar”

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“Democratization, Colonial Legacy, and the Complex Nature of Ethnicity in Contemporary Myanmar”

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: “Democratization, Colonial Legacy, and the Complex Nature of Ethnicity in Contemporary Myanmar”
Author: Veerkamp, Yora
Issue Date: 2018
Keywords: arbitrary borders
imagined community
democratization
authoritarian rule
ethnic tensions
ethnic violence
minority oppression
Abstract: In light of the democratization process in Myanmar, new prospects for ending the ongoing ethnic tensions have emerged. However, there remain cases of ethnic outbursts and minority oppression in contemporary Myanmar.This thesis will examine to what extent the current situation regarding minority oppression and ongoing ethnic conflict reflects its complex political climate of authoritarian rule and the new political transition, democratization. British colonial rule left the modern nation faced with challenges of creating unity within an ethnically diverse population arbitrary borders. Followed by decades of military rule, the imagining of a Burmese nation at the cost of ethnic minority identities left its mark on the current political climate. An extensive literary analysis reveals that the current situation regarding ethnic tensions and minority oppression in contemporary Myanmar is a reflection of its (post-)colonial history, complex political climate, and the democratization process. The case study of the Karen farmer suggests an economical relevance in the debate on democratization and ethnic minority issues.
Supervisor: Irene, Hadiprayitno
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: International Studies (Bachelor)
Specialisation: International Studies
ECTS Credits: 15
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/62005
 

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