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Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Burma


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[B]oth timely and politically highly relevant. It analyses the historical formation of ethnic identity in Burma in relation to British colonial rule and the post-colonial Burmese state with its emphasis on unitary nationalism and its efforts to promote MyanmarificationA". - Jasmin Lorch, Internationales Asienforum, 39 (1-2), 2008 A well-informed academic volume such as this on ethnicity in Burma has been much needed, and any audience will find the chapters richly informative and many of them stimulating. - Hayami Yoko, Southeast Asian Studies, 46 (3), 2008 [O]ffers a much-needed interdisciplinary addition to Southeast Asian Studies in general, as well as Burma studies in particular - the book is the first of its kind in several decades, and represents a crucial step in redressing the fact that much popular discourse conflates Burma Studies with Bamar Studies. - Jane Ferguson, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 40 (3), 2009 [T]imely and highly welcome to specialists on Southeast Asia and ethnicity in general. - [T]he volume in its entirety is certainly a storehouse containing a wide array of mutually complementary information and thematic aspects that converge into a rich, multifaceted overall picture unmatched by any other recent publication on Burma. It is simply a must for scholars concerned with Burmese society as well as for anyone interested in the future of this country or the complexities of ethnic identification. - Roland Mischung, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 28 (4), 2009 Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Burma is ... a most welcome contribution not only to our understanding of the current situation in this important Southeast Asian country, [but] it also enriches theoretical discourses on ethnicity and nationhood. - [It] is an important contribution to understanding the ethnic factor in present-day Burmese politics. It is also highly recommended to students of other multiethnic societies in Southeast Asia and outside the region. - Volker Grabowsky, Anthropos (103), 2008 This volume ... helps to fill a twofold gap in the scholarly literature in ethnicity in mainland Southeast Asia, namely a lack of evidence from within Burma and a dearth of historical data on ethnic formation. ... The volume as a whole provides a very useful cross-section of research on ethnicity in Burma leading up to a critical juncture in its history. - William Womack, SOAS Bulletin Burma Research (6), 2008

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