Rethinking Community in Myanmar: Practices of We-Formation among Muslims and Hindus in Urban Yangon

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by Judith Beyer

Striking new insights into understanding community in Myanmar In this first anthropological study of Muslim and Hindu lives in urban Myanmar today, Beyer develops the concept of 'we-formation’ to demonstrate that individuals are always more than members of wider groups. 'We-formation’ complements her rich political, legal and historical analysis of 'community’, a term used by Beyer’s interlocutors themselves, even as it reinforces ethno-religious stereotypes and their own minority status. The book also offers an interpretation of the dynamics of resistance to the attempted military coup of 2021. 

Judith Beyer is Professor of Social and Political Anthropology at the University of Konstanz. She specializes in legal and political anthropology and has long-term ethnographic field experience in both Southeast Asia and Central Asia. In Myanmar, her research focuses on ethno-religious minorities, community, activism, statelessness and the state.

Publication year: 2023
328 pp / 229mm x 152mm
52 illustrations (19 in colour), 7 maps
ISBN: 978-87-7694-327-1, Paperback
ISBN: 978-87-7694-326-4, Hardback

NIAS Press