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07
Nov
2017

For Whose Benefit? Distributive politics, inequality and informal institutions in Myanmar's transition

Gerard McCarthy

Abstract There are few advocates for state-mediated redistribution and social welfare in contemporary Myanmar. Social, economic and political reforms since 2012 culminated in the transfer of power...

02
Nov
2017

Nationalism and Natural Resources in Indonesia: A study of business and politics in the mining, palm oil and hydrocarbon sectors

Eve Warburton

Abstract During the global commodity boom, from approximately 2003-2013, the Indonesian government introduced an increasing number of nationalist policy interventions. Reflecting a global trend,...

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01
Nov
2017

The Rohingya of Myanmar: Past, Present and Future

Muhammed Aksu, Bluestar Intercultural, ACT and Trevor Wilson, Visiting Fellow, Department of Political & Social Change

Since 25 August 2017 international media have been overwhelmed by dramatic, visually graphic footage of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar for their lives. This is not the first time a mass exodus...

24
Oct
2017

Speaking Out: Public Political Criticism in Contemporary Vietnam

Ben Kerkvliet

In essays, books, blogs, magazines, petitions, and demonstrations, Vietnamese citizens in recent years have been publicly debating and criticizing government agencies, policies, and the ruling...

17
Oct
2017

Villager responses to drought: An ethnographic study in southwest China

Aisi Shang

Abstract This thesis explores the social underpinnings of disasters associated with natural hazards. In existing disaster studies, it is common to classify people into different vulnerable groups...

10
Oct
2017

The Persistence Ethic: Debts and everyday politics in a rural East Javanese village

Colum Graham

Abstract In this midterm review seminar, I will present my research that investigates the politics of persistence in a rural village in East Java. I conceive of persistence as indebtedness,...

03
Oct
2017

Adversarial Linkages: The urban poor and electoral politics in Jakarta

Amalinda Savirani and Edward Aspinall

Abstract How do social movements rooted among poor and marginalized citizens bargain and forge coalitions with politicians, and win concessions from them, when electoral competition is...

07
Sep
2017

Mr Mothercountry: Colonialism and the rule of law

Professor Keally McBride, University of San Francisco

PRESENTED BY DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE

One of the most interesting areas of scholarship in recent years has been the relationship between colonialism and the rule of law. Several...

07
Sep
2017

Islamic Nationalism: The Armed Resistance of Patani Malays in Southern Thailand

Rungrawee Chalermsripinyorat

Abstract This research investigates the transformations of political ideologies of contemporary liberation movements in southern Thailand. The year 2004 marked a dramatic surge of violent...

29
Aug
2017

Political Authority in Vietnam: Is the Vietnamese communist party a paper leviathan?

Adam Fforde and Lada Homutova

Abstract In a contribution to the political analysis of contemporary Vietnam, a single-Party state, this paper seeks to provide an understanding of the Vietnamese term ‘authority’ (‘uy’) and its...

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