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Author Viernes, Noah Keone
Title Enabling politics and activating life in peripheral geographies: A study of empowerment in Burma
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Descript 82 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-06, page: 2616
Adviser: Jeff Edwards
Thesis (M.A.)--Roosevelt University, 2006
Viable contenders to coercive state power emerge through the shared relations within and among empowered groups. In this report I observe the process of empowerment in organizing participation with respect to village in the more peripheral areas of Burma. Rendering close attention to the extension of community via connecting multiple 'sites' of operation, I analyze empowerment using Hannah Arendt's understanding of power, i.e., as expressed through a series of relationships in which groups are 'enabled' or become capable of engaging the possibilities of these relationships through enhancing communicative links. The plight of peoples in the outer, peripheral, reaches of Burma illustrate how groups historically excluded from the state are unable to nourish the types of participation necessary to sustain stable life relations. I assume that rather than repairing existing power imbalances through a reformation of state machinery, which is the often-encouraged process within discourses of democracy-building, peripheralized communities, especially when constrained by a centralized state perceived as illegitimate, create alternative 'communicative' avenues to survival. Assessing social science discourses, relations, and various perceptions of life, this analysis asks the following question: what do these avenues look like, are these alternative political avenues empowering, who are the actors, and what do they mean to accomplish?
School code: 1137
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 44-06
Subject Political Science, General
Sociology, Social Structure and Development
Alt Author Roosevelt University
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