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Myanmar's Mountain and Maritime Borderscapes: Local Practices, Boundary-Making and Figured Worlds

Myanmar's Mountain and Maritime Borderscapes: Local Practices, Boundary-Making and Figured Worlds

Ritual and the Other in Rakhine Spirit Cults

Alexandra de Mersan
2016, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, 398p., 

This edited volume adds to the literature on Myanmar and its borders by drawing attention to the significance of geography, history, politics and society in the construction of the border regions and the country. First, it alerts us to the fact that the border regions are situated in the mountainous and maritime domains of the country, highlighting the commonalities that arise from shared geography. Second, the book foregrounds socio-spatio practices — economic, intimate, spiritual, virtual — of border and boundary-making in their local context. This demonstrates how state-defined notions of territory, borders and identity are enacted or challenged. Third, despite sharing common features, Myanmar’s borderscapes also possess unique configurations of ethnic, political and economic attributes, producing social formations and figured worlds that are more cohesive or militant in some border areas than in others. Understanding and comparing these social practices and their corresponding life-worlds allows us to re-examine the connections from the borderlands back to the hinterland and to consider the value of border and boundary studies in problematizing and conceptualizing recent changes in Myanmar.



Conflict in Myanmar: War, Politics, Religion [Whole Publication], by Nick Cheesman, Nicholas Farrelly, authors

Preliminary pages


1. Myanmar's conflicted politics, by Nicholas Farrelly, author


2. The politics of policymaking in transitional government: A case study of the ethnic peace process in Myanmar

3. Reexamining the centrality of ethnic identity to the Kachin conflict, by Costas Laoutides, Anthony Ware, authors

4. A feminist political economy analysis of insecurity and violence in Kachin State, by Jenny Hedström, author

5. Pacifying the margins: The Pa-O Self-Administered Zone and the political order in southern Shan State, by Ricky Yue, author

6. Landmines as a form of community protection in eastern Myanmar, by Gregory S. Cathcart, author


7. The 2015 elections and conflict dynamics in Myanmar, by Michael Lidauer, author

8. Institutions in Myanmar's 2015 election: The election commission, international agencies, and the military, by Chaw Chaw Sein, author

9. Ethnicity and Buddhist nationalism in the 2015 Rakhine State election results, by Than Tun, author

10. The Hluttaw and conflicts in Myanmar, by Chit Win, author

11. Legislating reform? Law and conflict in Myanmar, by Melissa Crouch, author


12. Making sense of reactions to communal violence in Myanmar, by Tamas Wells, author

13. Public perceptions of a divided Myanmar: Findings from the 2015 Myanmar Asian Barometer Survey, by Bridget Welsh, Kai-Ping Huang, authors

14. On Islamophobes and Holocaust deniers: Making sense of violence, in Myanmar and elsewhere, by Matt Schissler, author

15. Buddhist welfare and the limits of big ‘P’ politics in provincial Myanmar, by Gerard McCarthy, author

16. Threat perceptions in the Myanmar–Bangladesh borderlands, by Helal Mohammed Khan, author


17. Myanmar and the promise of the political, by Nick Cheesman, author

Abbreviations and Key Terms Index

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