Remaking and Living with Resource Frontiers: Insights from Myanmar and Beyond

Jasnea Sarma, Hilary Oliva Faxon, K. B. Roberts

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    Abstract

    Myanmar, a nation situated between India, China and Southeast Asia, has long histories of colonialism, violence, and resource extraction. This special issue introduction, written in the midst of Myanmar’s 2021 military coup and the COVID-19 pandemic, offers two critical and feminist interventions–‘remaking’ and ‘living with’–to understand the contested and embodied political geographies of extractive resource frontiers in Myanmar. ‘Remaking’ focuses on the long roots of resource frontiers, underscoring the historical and spatial processes through which Myanmar’s plural authorities have restructured diverse territories for accumulation and extraction from the pre-colonial period to the recent ‘democratic transition’. ‘Living with’ resource frontiers bring attention to people’s everyday lives, and why and how they adapt, resist, comply, suffer and profit from resource frontiers. In bringing together a diverse set of literatures with original empirical research, the articles in this collection offer analyses of Myanmar’s pre-coup period that inform contemporary post-coup politics. Together, they demonstrate the material, affective, and embodied nature of resource frontiers as they are (re)made and lived with–in and beyond militarised spaces like Myanmar.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-22
    Number of pages22
    JournalGeopolitics
    Volume28
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2023

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