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Karen Nationalist Communities: The 'Problem' of Diversity

South, Ashley


This essay describes how, since the colonial period, different actors in and from Burma (Myanmar) have mobilized political support around sometimes competing notions of Karen ethno-nationalism. Christian elites in particular have sought to impose a homogenous idea of ‘Karen-ness’ on this diverse society. These concepts and processes have been legitimized by outsiders, including missionaries and (more recently) human rights activists and aid workers. However, attempts to impose Karen unity...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007-04
Type: Journal article


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