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The Quest for Karen Unity

South, Ashley


If the Karen National Union wants to continue playing a useful role in Burma, it should stop trying to impose an artificial unity on Karen society. Karen identity means different things to different people. Since before Burmese independence in 1948, elites have sought to mobilize political support around competing ideas of “Karen-ness”. The best known nationalist projects have been those emerging in western-oriented, mostly Christian-led, S’ghaw dialect-speaking communities. For many...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006-10
Type: Newspaper/magazine article


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