Anthropological literature on economic and political systems and groups
|Title:|| ||Review: Mikael Gravers (ed.): Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Burma
|Date of publication:|| ||December 2009|
|Description/subject:|| ||Gravers, Mikael (ed.) (2007), Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Burma,
Copenhagen: NIAS Press (= NIAS Studies in Asian Topics Series, 39)
..."...In his introduction, the editor sets the stage with a general discussion of
the politics of ethnic identification, which, as he makes convincingly clear,
entails basically finding and asserting a meaningful and satisfying position
for the “we” group vis-à-vis significant and often dominating “others”. He
concludes these considerations by formulating two interrelated questions
that could have served as thematic guidelines for the following chapters:
“Why did ethnicity acquire such an important role in Burma and Burmese
post-colonial politics? And why has violence encompassed ethnic identification
in such persistent and intransigent ways?” (p. 8). While these ambitious
questions are hardly (and probably could not be) answered in most of the
subsequent chapters, another goal postulated by Gravers for the research
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presented here seems more realistic: to facilitate the critical reassessment of
their own agenda on the part of “ethnic” elites in Burma through “thorough
research of ethnic diversity, its history and ethnography” (p. 28). Of course,
this would require that the results and arguments presented in the present
volume find their way into political discourse in Burma. In view of the fact
that the reception of earlier Western publications on Burma, however biased,
has time and again played a considerable role in the construction of “ethnic”
positions by local elites, such an expectation is perhaps not altogether idle.
Besides such programmatic issues, the bulk of the introductory chapter
consists of an eminently readable historical overview that contrasts the
meaning of ethnic identification in pre-colonial times with the functions of
ethnic labels imposed during the days of British colonial administration – a
legacy that is still recognizable in present-day political processes....
ISSN: 1868-4882 (online), ISSN: 1868-1034 (print)....ISBN [book] 9788791114960, 283 pages|
|Author/creator:|| ||Mischung, Roland|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 28, 4, 138-144.|
|Format/size:|| ||pdf (167K)|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||21 August 2011|
|Title:|| ||THE ECONOMICS OF THE CENTRAL CHIN TRIBES
|Date of publication:|| ||01 March 1943|
|Description/subject:|| ||CHAPTER I. The Application of Economic Theory to Chin Culture ...
CHAPTER II. The Social Background ...
CHAPTER III. Agriculture ...
CHAPTER IV. Animal Husbandry ...
CHAPTER V. Hunting and Fishing...
CHAPTER VI. Forest Products ...
CHAPTER VII. Land Tenure ...
CHAPTER VIII. Trade and Wage-earning ...
CHAPTER IX. The Economics of the Household ...
CHAPTER X. The Economics of Social Obligations ...
CHAPTER XI. The Economics of Justice ...
CHAPTER XII. The Economics of Religious Ritual ...
CHAPTER XIII. Wealth, Poverty, and Debt ...
CHAPTER XIV. Conclusion ...
|Author/creator:|| ||H. N. C. STEVENSON, F.R.A.I., Burma Frontier Service|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Government of Burma|
|Format/size:|| ||pdf (6.8MB) - other formats in the Alternate URL|
|Alternate URLs:|| ||https://archive.org/details/economicsofthece033105mbp|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||21 July 2013|