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Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Myanmar

Edited by: Adam Simpson , Nicholas Farrelly , Ian Holliday

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138820777
eBook ISBN: 9781315743677
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315743677
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After decades of mismanagement and direct military rule, Myanmar?s contested transition to a more democratic government has rapidly shifted the outlook in this significant Southeast Asian nation. Since 2011, the removal of Western sanctions and new foreign investments have resulted in high rates of economic growth and an expanding middle class, albeit from a very low base. In a result unthinkable a few years earlier, former political prisoner and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), formed a national government in early 2016. However, despite significant political and economic reforms since the liberalisation process commenced, the transition to civilian rule remains constrained by the military?s 2008 Constitution, which guarantees that it operates unfettered by civilian oversight. As a result, although some ethnic conflicts have abated, others continue to fester and new conflicts have erupted. With a daunting task ahead the NLD government has made some progress in removing the vestiges of repressive military-era laws but many remain untouched and some of the practices of the new government provide unwelcome reminders of its authoritarian history.

This timely Handbook describes the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of this crucial period of transition in Myanmar. It presents explanations for contradictory trends, including those that defy some of the early narratives about the comprehensive transformation of Myanmar. The Handbook also considers the impact of major environmental, strategic, and demographic trends which help underscore that Myanmar?s development will be an ongoing task. In addition to introductory and concluding chapters by the editors, the body of the Handbook is divided into seven core sections:

? Fundamentals

? Spaces

? Cultures

? Living

? Governance

? International

? Challenges

Written by an international team of scholars, with a mix of world-leading established academics and talented emerging researchers, the Handbook provides a rigorous scholarly overview of Myanmar?s politics, economics, and society. As Myanmar opens to Western businesses and government agencies, this is an invaluable reference book that will provide a foundation for further research and offer the first port of call for scholars, students, and policy makers working on Myanmar and Asia.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Explaining Myanmar in Flux and Transition Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The state Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The Defence Services Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Democracy Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Ethnicity and Identity Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The Capital Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Urban Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Rural Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Borderlands Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Cyber-spaces Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Anomalous Spaces Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Languages Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Religion Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Arts Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Public discourse Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Exiles Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Youth Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Political Economy Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Agriculture Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Banking and Finance Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Foreign Direct Investment and Trade Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The Executive Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Legislature Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Judiciary Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Civil Society Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Education Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Health Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The World Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Regional Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Neighbourhood Download PDF
Chapter  31:  International Non-Governmental Organisations and Advocacy Download PDF
Chapter  32:  International Law and Inter-Governmental Organisations Download PDF
Chapter  33:  International Assistance Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Peace and Reconciliation Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Democracy and Human Rights Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Gender Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Nation-Building Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Class and inequality Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Environment and natural resources Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Myanmar futures Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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