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"On the Border, I Learned How to Advocate": Borderlands as Political Spaces for Burmese Women’s Activism
Department of Political Science, Umeå University, Umeå, (SWE).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2400-9144
Swedish Defence University, Department of War Studies and Military History, Functions and Perspective Division.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9535-3276
2023 (English)In: Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, ISSN 1556-2948, E-ISSN 1556-2956Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article explores the political space of the border through the experiences of women activists from Myanmar, for whom the borderlands in Thailand have provided refuge as well as a conducive environment for political mobilization. At the same time, the border renders refugee activists insecure and precarious. Drawing on life history interviews, our analysis expands conceptualizations of the border as a dynamic political space by illustrating its dual capacity to both facilitate and constrain the political agency of refugee women from Myanmar. In particular, the spatial and temporal fluidity and in-betweenness of the border is shown to foster both repression and resistance. Exploring the character and salience of the border as a space for activism over time, we demonstrate how the political space of the border is relational, constituted in interaction with other political spaces, such as politics and governance in Myanmar, transnational activist networks, and the politics of international aid

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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11990DOI: 10.1093/jrs/fead030OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-11990DiVA, id: diva2:1816661
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Swedish Research Council, 2015-01756 and 2019-04227Available from: 2023-12-04 Created: 2023-12-04 Last updated: 2024-01-11

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