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Soldiers, monks, borders: Violence and contestation in the greater Mekong Sub-region

Hughes, C. (2011) Soldiers, monks, borders: Violence and contestation in the greater Mekong Sub-region. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 41 (2). pp. 181-205.

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The struggles of poor communities to negotiate development processes have been documented increasingly in recent years. However, recognition of the agency of the poor should not preclude attention to patterns of oppression that may be intensifying in the face of top-down development processes imposed by increasingly well co-ordinated elites. Examination of patterns of violence in border areas across the Greater Mekong Sub-region suggests that integration facilitates the collusion of state actors in the dispossession of the poor in a manner that is deleterious to ethnic minorities, internal migrants and other vulnerable populations. National political processes are not offering mechanisms by which such populations can seek to contest this trend.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright: © 2011 Journal of Contemporary Asia
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