The regime's hostility toward academic researchers and foreigners, unreliable official data, and unrecorded data from the black market are issues that have continued to confront and challenge analysts on Burma, including the author. Please click button to get behind the teak curtain book now. Authoritarianism and political legitimacy -- 2. The history of British governance in Burma remains to be written, but if the experiences of Charles Bayne 1860—1947 , who served as financial commissioner and developed a detailed knowledge about the revenues available from the production of teak and the cultivation of rice, are indicative of colonial administration, then the study of the subject might yet produce some unexpected insights into the challenges faced by independent Myanmar. Specifically, Perry looks at rice, mining, and timber —the three resource sectors that have been mismanaged and misappropriated by the military regime. Behind the Teak Curtain, the first field-work-based study of Burmese rural politics and development, examines the specific circumstances under which one of the most repressive and authoritative governments in the world enjoys popularity in the countryside.
The roots of silence : paddy farmers and rural grievance -- 6. The book analyzes four agricultural policies that have been implemented under the Burmese military regime since 1978, and examines their consequential and varying impacts on rice farmers' attitudes toward central and local authorities. This book analyses how and why Burma's development has failed miserably since the military rule in 1962. She completed pilot research last year to begin the process, interviewing scholars, experts and leaders of non-governmental organizations involved with Burma. With a territory as big as Texas, it is wedged between the two of the oldest civilizations and now dynamic economies on the globe, India and China.
Perry then provides a list of theoretical approaches and briefly states how they apply or do not apply to Burma's situations. Peter Perry's Myanmar Burma since 1962 is a great addition to the literature on a relatively unknown topic that has been studied by only a small number of observers and a deeply polarized research community. What is left out of the picture—or given only glancing attention—are a host of social, economic, and cultural issues that also have political dimensions and implications, namely the efforts by Myanmarese citizens to carve out space for independent, meaningful action on a personal level. Behind the Teak Curtain, the first field-work-based study of Burmese rural politics and development, examines the specific circumstances under which one of the most repressive and authoritative governments in the world enjoys popularity in the countryside. Chapter four offers numerous perspectives from previous studies on how individualism a component generally associated with Buddhism , astrology, and authoritarianism have impeded the process of socio-economic and political development in Burma.
Avoidance protest, by which dissatisfied groups seek to attenuate their hardships and express their discontent through flight, sectarian withdrawal, or other activities that minimize challenges to or clashes with those whom they view as their oppressors, has at best remained a secondary concern of students of social protest. The book analyzes four agricultural policies that have been implemented under the Burmese military regime since 1978, and examines their consequential and varying impacts on rice farmers' attitudes toward central and local authorities. Citizens have coped with extreme hardship through great resourcefulness. There have been few detailed studies of the diverse forms which avoidance protest may take and the ways in which these are shaped by the sociopolitical contexts in which they develop. The book is based on the analysis of secondary resources e.
This neglect is serious because in many societies and time periods perhaps in most in the preindustrial era , modes of protest oriented to avoidance rather than confrontation have been the preferred and most frequently adopted means of resisting oppression and expressing dissatisfaction. But by making bad situations more tolerable in the short term, these coping strategies may hinder the emergence of the democratic values needed to sustain the country's transition to a more open political environment. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. The book analyzes four agricultural policies that have been implemented under the Burmese military regime since 1978, and examines their consequential and varying impacts on rice farmers' attitudes toward central and local authorities. Riven since independence by armed ethnic and ideological conflicts that lasted most of the years between 1948 and the 1990s, when ceasefire agreements were reached with multiple insurgent armies, Myanmar's little-studied politics contain elements common to many countries. Perry's position remains ambiguous since he does not provide compelling evidence to either affirm or oppose these arguments.
We concur with those who advocate for the midway approach, but we extend our analysis further by demonstrating how a minimum level of shared interests can be built and how the effectiveness of each approach can be enhanced. This site is like a library, you could find million book here by using search box in the widget. Articles have appeared in various journals and in edited volume published by Stanford University Press and Cambridge University Press. This is followed by a brief analysis of four different agricultural policies that have been implemented under the military regime, together with Burmese farmers' attitudes towards each of them. The Myanmar government has demonstrated that it plans to remain in power indefinitely and by any means, despite a successful effort by Western powers to place the Myanmar problem on the U. Although specific forms of avoidance protest, such as the flight of slaves in the plantation zones of the Americas or the migration or serfs to the towns of medieval Europe and peasants to the frontiers of Tsarist Russia, have merited a prominent place in the historical literature on some societies and time periods, avoidance protest has rarely been systematically analyzed as a phenomenon in itself.
The primary goal of the security agenda is to promote state consolidation based on a unitary state structure, and according to military values and interests. This analysis draws broader implications from current political and economic affairs and assesses their impact on Myanmar's transition to democracy. These actions, which have political aspects but stop short of being outright forms of dissent, will be my focus in this essay. The E-mail message field is required. What policy prescriptions could we recommend to the United States and the international community? On campus, Thawnghmung facilitates the Research Forum for support and cross-disciplinary critique of research proposals in the social sciences, arts and humanities. A post-doctoral fellowship from Australian National University supported publication of her first book, Behind the Teak Curtain, and her second is in final review at the Cornell University Press.
¶ The changing nature of the state, and state-society relations during the period of transition is revealed by trends in social development. Once governed as a British Indian province, Myanmar emerged from the colonial era and the Second World War an economically devastated but strongly nationalistic socialist state. One hopes the zeitgeist is headed their way. Perry then provides a list of theoretical approaches and briefly states how they apply or do not apply to Burma's situations. Holliday supports his argument by using multiple sources and theories, particularly ones that take historical events, contemporary political and social investigations, and global justice literature into account, as well as studies that focus on the effects of democratic transition, the aid industry, and socially responsible corporate investing and sanctions. Behind the Teak Curtain provides firsthand information on Burmese rice farmers' conceptualization of political legitimacy, their political goals and priorities, and their relationships with central government authorities and local officials.
A view from below : who is responsible for our sufferings? The Darker Nations restores to memory the vibrant though flawed idea of the Third World, whose demise, Prashad ultimately argues, has produced a much impoverished international political arena. What is left out of the picture—or given only glancing attention—are a host of social, economic, and cultural issues that also have political dimensions and implications, namely the efforts by Myanmarese citizens to carve out space for independent, meaningful action on a personal level. She is the adviser to the Dean Bergeron International Relations Club. This paper argues that this discourse, and the debate as it is presently formulated, has deepened the gap between two communities and obscured opportunities for identifying common ground that could be leveraged to foster more pragmatic approaches to deep-seated communal problems. Funding for her prior research has been provided by the Asian Research Institute of the National University of Singapore, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore and the East-West Center in Washington, D. William Fulbright grant for 2010-2011 by the U. Details: Master and use copy.