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Article: Ethnicity and democratization in Myanmar

TitleEthnicity and democratization in Myanmar
Authors
KeywordsBurma
Democracy
Democratization
Ethnicity
Multiculturalism
Myanmar
Issue Date2010
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/02185377.asp
Citation
Asian Journal Of Political Science, 2010, v. 18 n. 2, p. 111-128 How to Cite?
AbstractMyanmar is embarking on political reforms that could prove to be the first stage of a gradual transition to democracy. However, critical problems of ethnic discord remain to be resolved. This article draws on the literature on multiculturalism to examine ways forward. First it considers how other democratic states have sought to manage ethnic relations, and constructs a matrix of four ideal types: multiculturalism; ethnic enclaves; assimilation; and marginalization. Next it demonstrates just how difficult matters of ethnicity and identity were in the development of modern Burma. Then it surveys possibilities for ethnic relations in contemporary Myanmar. Finally it sketches future pathways. A brief conclusion reinforces the core argument. Ethnic enclaves and assimilation are the major contenders for ethnic policy in Myanmar. Their relative merits will need to be debated as openly as possible during any future democratization process. © 2010 Asian Journal of Political Science.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/171859
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.148
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dc.date.available2012-10-30T06:17:52Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.citationAsian Journal Of Political Science, 2010, v. 18 n. 2, p. 111-128en_US
dc.identifier.issn0218-5377en_US
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dc.description.abstractMyanmar is embarking on political reforms that could prove to be the first stage of a gradual transition to democracy. However, critical problems of ethnic discord remain to be resolved. This article draws on the literature on multiculturalism to examine ways forward. First it considers how other democratic states have sought to manage ethnic relations, and constructs a matrix of four ideal types: multiculturalism; ethnic enclaves; assimilation; and marginalization. Next it demonstrates just how difficult matters of ethnicity and identity were in the development of modern Burma. Then it surveys possibilities for ethnic relations in contemporary Myanmar. Finally it sketches future pathways. A brief conclusion reinforces the core argument. Ethnic enclaves and assimilation are the major contenders for ethnic policy in Myanmar. Their relative merits will need to be debated as openly as possible during any future democratization process. © 2010 Asian Journal of Political Science.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/02185377.aspen_US
dc.relation.ispartofAsian Journal of Political Scienceen_US
dc.subjectBurmaen_US
dc.subjectDemocracyen_US
dc.subjectDemocratizationen_US
dc.subjectEthnicityen_US
dc.subjectMulticulturalismen_US
dc.subjectMyanmaren_US
dc.titleEthnicity and democratization in Myanmaren_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/02185377.2010.492975en_US
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dc.identifier.volume18en_US
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dc.identifier.spage111en_US
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
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