Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783605071 Published January 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783605088 Published January 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Pathways that Changed Myanmar

Matthew Mullen

Pathways that Changed Myanmar

Matthew Mullen

Distributed for Zed Books

256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783605071 Published January 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783605088 Published January 2017 For sale in North and South America only
In the midst of the political upheavals that engulfed Myanmar from 2010 to 2011, international attention was fixed upon the military regime and its dissident opponents. But away from the cameras, a very different set of struggles unfolded across the country, struggles that quietly but effectively transformed the status quo. Taxi drivers transported black market goods so that people could avoid buying from the state. Community organizers started schools. Farmers hid crop surpluses and business owners hid their profits. People brokered and paid bribes to gain favors from local officials. Pathways that Changed Myanmar gives voice to the stories of the ordinary Burmese citizens whose efforts were pivotal to shaping life on the margins of society.
 
Drawing on extensive fieldwork and hundreds of interviews with citizens across Myanmar, Matthew Mullen challenges the popular caricature of Myanmar as a society governed by fear and silence, and shows how people have been able to endure and effect meaningful change through subtle, everyday acts of resistance.
 
Contents
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
The clash that galvanized a global movement
The Third Force
Everyday resistance
From bullets to bribery
Sanctions: a cure and a disease
Nay Win Maung
S funeral
From human rights rhetoric to 969
Transitioning to an NLD-led Myanmar
 
Notes
References
Index
Review Quotes
Yaraslau Kryvoi, University of West London
“This book provides important insights into how internal politics, foreign powers and politics, and cultural peculiarities can shape transition in the most unexpected ways."
Rosalie Metro, University of Missouri
“In an era when many are eager to declare themselves ‘Burma experts,’ Mullen stands out for his humility and thoughtfulness. He has created a rarity: an academic book that’s fun to read, painstakingly detailed, and which provides model of how to do research in a shifting landscape.”
Aung Naing Oo, Burmese peace and democracy advocate

“This book captures a story that needed to be told, and extracts lessons for both Myanmar and the world. As Mullen states, struggling against authoritarianism is ‘never as simple as rallying around those fighting the good fight.’”

Claudio Sopranzetti, All Souls College, Oxford

“An insightful and rare analysis. Muller’s distinctive voice not only illuminates the big phenomenon but also their significance for people on the ground. An essential read for anybody interested in contemporary Myanmar.”

Nwet Kay Khine, journalist and former editor of the Voice (Myanmar)
“This book gives voice to all those in Myanmar who continue to fight for change. The change we see in Myanmar today did not fall from the sky. It was made by small steps won each day over years, even decades. This book documents how these steps were taken.”
Tea Circle, University of Oxford
“Mullen’s book sheds light on the reality of everyday life under military rule, and the stories he reveals challenge the narratives we have become accustomed to. During this often difficult period of top-down change in Myanmar, the book is a refreshing reminder that change comes from multiple sources and carries various meanings for each of us.”
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