Re-examining the centrality of ethnic Identity to the Kachin conflict

Laoutides, Constantinos and Ware, Anthony 2016, Re-examining the centrality of ethnic Identity to the Kachin conflict. In Cheesman, Nick and Farrelly, Nicholas (ed), Conflict in Myanmar War, Politics, Religion, ISEAS Publishing, Singapore, Malaysia, pp.47-66.

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Title Re-examining the centrality of ethnic Identity to the Kachin conflict
Author(s) Laoutides, Constantinos
Ware, AnthonyORCID iD for Ware, Anthony orcid.org/0000-0002-3203-5908
Title of book Conflict in Myanmar War, Politics, Religion
Editor(s) Cheesman, Nick
Farrelly, Nicholas
Publication date 2016
Series Myanmar update series
Chapter number 3
Total chapters 17
Start page 47
End page 66
Total pages 20
Publisher ISEAS Publishing
Place of Publication Singapore, Malaysia
Keyword(s) political science
Summary This paper seeks to reframe the conventional characterization of Kachin conflict which is anchored in ethnicity. Based on a series of interviews the paper focuses on how power is framed and contested in relation to processes of identification. Identity is defined as the politicised manifestation of ideological underpinnings associated with the distribution and management of political power. Thus the paper draws together field research conducted by the authors in late 2014, with theoretical discussion around key ideas often employed in analysing these conflicts: 'ethnicity', 'national race', 'identity', 'territory' and 'resource' conflict. The paper concludes that 'ethnicity' has become the outward manifestation of a conflict that is actually far more deeply underpinned by issues of political rights and distribution, state power versus decentralisation, the quest for equality and freedom, and the question of who constitute the demos in Myanmar’s democracy.
ISBN 9814695866
9789814695862
Language eng
Field of Research 160602 Citizenship
Socio Economic Objective 940201 Civics and Citizenship
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2016, ISEAS Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30088392

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