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Burmese Lives: Ordinary Life Stories Under the Burmese Regime

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This volume explores the life stories of ordinary Burmese by drawing on the narratives of individual subjects and using an array of interdisciplinary approaches, covering anthropology, history, literature, ethnomusicology, economics and political science. Burma is one of the most diverse societies in Southeast Asia in terms of its ethnic composition. It has a long history of resistance from the public realm against colonial rule and post-independence regimes. However, its isolation for decades before 1988 deprived scholars of a close look into the many faces of this society. Looking into the life stories of members of several major ethnic communities, who hail from different occupations and are of different ages and genders, this book has a particular significance that would help reveal the multiplicities of Burma's modern history. The authors of this volume write about stories of their long-term informants, close friends, family members, or even themselves to bring out a wide range of issues relating to migration, economy, politics, religion and culture. The constituted stories jointly highlight the protagonists' survival strategies in everyday life that demonstrate their constant courage, pain and frustration in dealing with numerous social injustices and adversities. Through these stories, we see movement of lives as well as that of Burmese society.

About the Author

Wen-Chin Chang is Associate Research Fellow at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan. She is a native of Tainan, Taiwan and a PhD graduate of the University of Leuven Belgium.

Eric Tagliacozzo is Professor of History at Cornell University, and a PhD graduate of Yale University.

Both have been working in Southeast Asian Studies for some two decades.

Table of Contents

Eric Tagliacozzo and Wen-Chin Chang

Introduction: Burmese Lives in a Divided State

I. The Specter of Hardship

1. Mandy Sadan

The Extra-ordinariness of Ordinary Lives

2. Pascal Khoo-Thwe

The Kayan Padaung Community in Phekhon

II. Negotiating with the State

3. Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière

A Woman of Mediation

4. Eric Tagliacozzo

Burmese and Muslim: Islam and the Hajj in the Sangha State

III. Ways of Escape

5. Hsin-chun Tasaw Lu

Recounting, Resistance, and Reflection: An Analysis of a Burmese Classical Musician's Narrative

6. James C. Scott

Dr. U Tin Win, Escape Artist

IV. At Burma's Margins

7. Maxime Boutry

The Maung Aye's Legacy: Burmese and Moken Encounters in the Southern Borderlands of Myanmar, 1987-2007

8. Wen-Chin Chang

By Sea and by Land: Stories of Two Chinese Traders

V. Ethnicity and the Self

9. Ma Thida

A Mixed Identity, a Mixed Career

10. Karin Eberhardt

A Life in Service of Change

11. Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung

From the "Loyal" to the "Revolutionary" Karen: Looking at Burma's Post-Independent Eras

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199335046
Author:
Chang, Wen-chin
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Tagliacozzo, Eric
Subject:
Foreign Legal Systems
Subject:
Politics | Comparative Politics | Southeast Asia
Subject:
Politics | International Studies
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
6.3 x 9.2 x 1.2 in 0.85 lb

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » International Studies
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » Asia » General

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