Politiskt förtryck: orsaksförklaringar, mekanismer och uttryck: Rohingyafolket som Agambens homo sacer i kontrast till Kymlickas liberaldemokratiska perspektiv
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority population in southwestern Burma has come to the fore in recent years. The aim of this study is to first analyse the degree and respects of biopolitical control in the case of political oppression. Secondly, the aim is to compare the similarities and differences when it comes to the causes, mechanisms and expressions of the two theoretical starting points in the case.
Giorgio Agamben´s biopolitical theory, which tries to reconnect state control over life and death with modernity, forms the basis of the analysis. Will Kymlicka´s liberal theory on minority rights serves as a theoretical comparison tool. Methodological starting points to the specific bilateral purpose will be both of the textual and discursive analytical tradition. The empirical material consists of a balanced historical background that is mainly based on Moshe Yegar´s historical depiction and of different UN-reports, resolutions, drafts and opinions from non-governmental organizations.
In conclusion, the textual analysis shows that the indicators from Agamben´s biopolitical theory can explain both the historical and present situation of the Rohingya. All indicators showed tendencies in the material, whereas the two first indicators confirm an extensive and systematic use of biopolitical principles. Results from the discourse analysis shows that the models take different starting points in describing the case through different causes and expressions, but also similarities in regards to how the theories explain mechanisms.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 38 p.
Rohingya, Burma/Myanmar, Biopolitics, Nationalism, Agamben, Kymlicka, Liberalism
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-43926OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-43926DiVA: diva2:819043
Subject / course
International Politics Studies, specialization Political Analysis, 180 credits