Memories of Burmese Rohingya Refugees: Contested Identity and Belonging

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Springer, Aug 24, 2017 - Social Science - 262 pages
This book provides a critical analysis of the Rohingya refugees’ identity building processes and how this is closely linked to the state-building process of Myanmar as well as issues of marginalization, statelessness, forced migration, exile life, and resistance of an ethnic minority. With a focus on the ethnic minority’s life at the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, the author demonstrates how the state itself is involved in the construction of identity, which it manipulates for its own political purposes. The study is based on original research, largely drawn from fieldwork data. It presents an alternative and endogenous interpretation of the problem in contrast to the exogenous narrative espoused by state institutions, non-governmental organizations, and the media.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Historical and PoliticoMilitary Context of the Border
41
The Refugee Problem from an Official Account
59
Reconstructions of Social Memory by Refugees
87
Everyday Life in Refugee Camps
145
Music and Art as Symbols of Identity and Everyday Resistance
191
Conclusion
232
Appendix 1 Chronological Genealogy of the Shah of Arakan 1430 AD1638 AD
248
Appendix 2 Some Basic Facts About the Teknaf Area
249
Index
253
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Kazi Fahmida Farzana is Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Affairs at the University Utara Malaysia, Malaysia.

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