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Spaces of Solidarity: Karen Activism in the Thai–Burma Borderlands

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Spaces of Solidarity

Karen Activism in the Thai–Burma Borderlands

Rachel Sharples

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212 pages, 7 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-716-3 25% OFF! $135.00/£96.00 $101.25/£72.00 Hb Not Yet Published (May 2020)

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“This is a first-rate book… One of its major strengths is the position of the author in writing from an informed position, following many years of immersion in the context.” • Linda Briskman, Western Sydney University

Description

Exploring notions of activism and space as narrated by Karen displaced persons and refugees in the Thai-Burma borderlands, this book looks beyond refugees as passive victims or a ‘humanitarian case’. Instead, the book examines the active engagement the Karen have with their persecution and displacement and their subsequent emplacement in the borderlands. A key focus of the book is to look at this engagement in terms of spaces of solidarity – constructed through patterns of activism, paths of connectivity and processes of cultural recovery. The book also studies the spatial configuration of borderlands, examining the impact of cross-border activities and their inter-related nature.

Rachel Sharples is a Researcher in the Challenging Racism Project in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University. She has worked with the Karen and conducted research in the Thai-Burma borderlands since 2002.

Subject: General Cultural Studies General Anthropology Refugee & Migration Studies
Area: Asia



Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Maps

Introduction: Spaces of Solidarity

Chapter 1. Movements across space: The Thai-Burma borderlands as a social construct
Chapter 2. From buffer zone to friendship bridge: The contemporary context of the Thai-Burma borderlands
Chapter 3. By the shade of a tree: Scales of resistance, patterns of activism
Chapter 4. This story is not for myself: Paths of connectivity/networks of solidarity
Chapter 5. ‘Symbolic anchors of community’: Processes of cultural recovery

Conclusion: The Space Between

References
Index

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