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Fish caught in clear water: encompassed statemaking in south-east Myanmar

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Fish caught in clear water : encompassed statemaking in south-east Myanmar. / Harrisson, Annika Pohl.

In: Territory, Politics, Governance, Vol. 9, No. 4, 08.2021, p. 533-552.

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Harrisson, Annika Pohl. / Fish caught in clear water : encompassed statemaking in south-east Myanmar. In: Territory, Politics, Governance. 2021 ; Vol. 9, No. 4. pp. 533-552.

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title = "Fish caught in clear water: encompassed statemaking in south-east Myanmar",
abstract = "This paper explores processes of state-making by the New Mon State Party (NMSP), an ethnic armed organization (EAO) that claims to represent the Mon people in south-east Myanmar, and which has fought the Myanmar military to pursue self-representation for the past 50 years. Based on ethnographicfieldwork, the paper focuses on a specific area that is encompassed by three states in the making: the NMSP, the official Myanmar state and another EAO, the Karen National Union (KNU). The paper shows that NMSP state-making happens neither in parallel to nor through a simple separation from the Myanmar government and the KNU, but through different forms of encompassment. It introduces the concept of {\textquoteleft}encompassed state-making{\textquoteright} to capture the simultaneous mimicry and opposition of the NMSP{\textquoteright}s state-making practices in relation to the other two states. A core argument is that Mon villagers –albeit deeply loyal towards the NMSP and considering them the legitimate authority – constantly have to take into account the ongoing political transformation in the country and therefore critically have to engage in managing their lives in this encompassed state in formation.",
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