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Claiming rights in exile: women's insurgent citizenship practices in the Thai-Myanmar borderlands
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2400-9144
2019 (English)In: Citizenship Studies, ISSN 1362-1025, E-ISSN 1469-3593Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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This paper examines insurgent citizenship practices employed by activists in the exiled Burmese women's movement from the 1990s and onwards. Consisting of political exiles, refugees and ethnic insurgents, this movement has successfully used the transnational, transitory space of the borderlands to constitute its participants as political subjects with legitimate claims to rights, citizenship and leadership. Drawing on interviews, this analysis interrogates women's activism through the lens of insurgent citizenship practices. Thus, how have Burmese women's activists claimed rights and lived citizenship in exile? Three main strategies are examined: firstly, women activists have positioned themselves as political actors and authorities through involvement in governance and humanitarian aid delivery in refugee camps. Secondly, they have claimed rights and political subjectivity through engagement with international norms, networks and arenas. Thirdly, they have claimed citizenship and political influence in oppositional nation-making projects through engaging with and negotiating ethno-nationalist armed struggles. The analysis highlights the multifaceted nature of women's insurgent citizenship practices, showing how they navigate multiple marginalized subject positions, direct their rights claims towards multiple governing authorities, and enact multiple political communities.

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Routledge, 2019.
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Women's activism, refugee activism, insurgent citizenship, acts of citizenship, transnational political space, Myanmar
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) International Migration and Ethnic Relations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-164402DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2019.1664408ISI: 000486215200001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-164402DiVA, id: diva2:1367771
Available from: 2019-11-05 Created: 2019-11-05 Last updated: 2019-11-05Bibliographically approved

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