The politics of Myanmar’s agrarian transformation

Doi Ra*, Sai Sam Kham, Mads Barbesgaard, Jennifer C. Franco, Pietje Vervest

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Myanmar is in a dangerous and uncertain moment following the military coup on 1 February 2021. The articles in this Special Forum provide timely contextual analysis. Written before the coup, the articles delve into the politics of agrarian transformation in the context of (what was then) an ongoing (but fragile) opening up of political space. This introduction outlines three themes that connect the articles and now also shed some light on what the future may hold: (1) the limited character of the 2010–2021 ‘democratic transition’; (2) the struggles around land and natural resources amidst a social reproduction crisis and (3) the responses of rural working peoples.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-475
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Peasant Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Doi Ra and Sai Sam Kham would like to acknowledge the support they received from the European
Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. [834006]), under the ERC Advanced Grant project ‘Land & commodity rushes and regimes: reshaping five spheres of global social life’ (RRUSHES-5).

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