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State violence, state building. Civilian responses among the Karen of southeast Burma


Horstmann,  Alexander
Religious Diversity, MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Max Planck Society;

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Horstmann, A., & Cole, T. (2015). State violence, state building. Civilian responses among the Karen of southeast Burma. The newsletter / IIAS, International Institute for Asian Studies, 71, 24-25.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002C-A969-D
Militarized borderlands come into being through a plethora of social, political,
and economic processes. We see the borders of Europe, Australia and the US
being militarized in response to the perceived threat of illegal immigrants. In Asia,
too, we find a wealth of examples of militarized borders, yet these often emerge
through different processes. In many cases the borderlands between two or more
Asian countries become militarized where borderlines are highly contested such
as the India-Pakistan border, the Korean peninsula or the sea border between
China and Taiwan. In other instances, through the expansionist ambitions of the
state and the suppression of ethnic minorities at its fringes, certain groups are
caught in an Agambian state of exception.1 This is the case of the Karen and
Karenni in southeastern Burma.