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Burmese Lives: Ordinary Life Stories Under the Burmese Regime

Wen-Chin Chang and Eric Tagliacozzo


This volume explores the life stories of ordinary Burmese by drawing on the narratives of individual subjects and using an array of interdisciplinary approaches, covering anthropology, history, literature, ethnomusicology, economics, and political science. Burma is one of the most diverse societies in Southeast Asia in terms of its ethnic composition. It has a long history of popular resistance against colonial rule and post-independence regimes. However, its isolation for decades before 1988 deprived scholars of a close look into the many faces of this society. Looking into the life stories o ... More

Keywords: Burmese, life stories, interdisciplinary, resistance, survival strategies

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199335039
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199335039.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wen-Chin Chang, editor
Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei

Eric Tagliacozzo, editor
Cornell University

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Eric Tagliacozzo and Wen-Chin Chang

Part I The Specter of Hardship

Part II Negotiating with the State

3 A Woman of Mediation

Biénédicte Brac de la Perrière

4 Burmese and Muslim

Eric Tagliacozzo

Part III Ways of Escape

Part IV At Burma’s Margins

Part V Ethnicity and the Self

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