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Title: FROM BATTLEFIELDS TO MARKETPLACES: GEO-ECONOMICS HOPE AND DISPLACEMENT ALONG THE THAI-MYANMAR BORDER
Authors: LOONG XIU FEN SHONA
Keywords: political geography, geoeconomic hope, neoliberalism, borders, migrants, Thai-Myanmar border
Issue Date: 25-Aug-2017
Citation: LOONG XIU FEN SHONA (2017-08-25). FROM BATTLEFIELDS TO MARKETPLACES: GEO-ECONOMICS HOPE AND DISPLACEMENT ALONG THE THAI-MYANMAR BORDER. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis examines the lives of undocumented and semi-documented migrants in Mae Sot, a border town on the Thai side of the Thai-Myanmar border that is newly becoming central to the neoliberal designs of the Thai state and regional institutions. I argue that although migrants provide the labour power necessary for the realization of these designs, they continue to be denied the protections of the state. In addition, migrants in Mae Sot have long had the latitude to rely on semi-legal organisations kept afloat by international aid in the absence of state protections. However, under the auspices of the neoliberalization of development aid and a changing geopolitical order, Western donors keen to support Myanmar’s new government are pulling aid from these organisations, thereby threatening this informal border social system and the processes of social reproduction it has sustained. Overall, geoeconomic hope rearticulates migrants in Mae Sot as naked labour: they are increasingly recognised for their ability to work, but cut adrift from the social systems they have long relied on because they continue to be aberrations in a state-centric political map.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/138301
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