Sacred Spaces of Karen Refugees and Humanitarian Aid Across the Thailand-Burma Border

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Resource Type
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Creator
  • Horstmann, Alexander (Mahidol University, Thailand & Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity, Germany)
Collective Title
  • ASEAS – Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies
    4(2)
Publication Date
2011
Publication Place
Vienna
Contributor
  • SEAS – Gesellschaft für Südostasienwissenschaften / Society for South-East Asian Studies (Editor)
Language
English
Free Keywords
Karen; Nationalism; Civil War; Refugees; Humanitarian Aid
Description
  • Abstract

    In this article, I demonstrate that the Karen National Union (KNU) was able to manipulate and politicise humanitarian aid in the Thailand-Burma borderland. I contend that in the context of the civil war in eastern Burma, Protestant Christianity provides a crucial vehicle for political mobilisation. The article shows that refugee camps in the Thai borderland become centres of proselytisation, and that Protestant evangelical and missionary networks open up passages across the Thai-Burmese border. The article thus considers a case where a homeland is constructed in the liminal space between two nations. Illegal emergency aid that doubles as missionary project reinforces the image of a helpless victim being vandalized by evil Burmese army.
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Peer-Reviewed
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Rights
Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
Alternative Identifiers
  • nbn:de:0168-ssoar-286923 (Type: URN)
Relations
  • Is part of
    ISSN: 1999-253X (Online) (Text)
  • Is part of
    ISSN: 1999-2521 (Print) (Text)
  • Is identical to
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14764/10.ASEAS-4.2-4 (Text)

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