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Mads Barbesgaard

Mads Barbesgaard

Universitetslektor

Mads Barbesgaard

Ocean and land control-grabbing : The political economy of landscape transformation in Northern Tanintharyi, Myanmar

Författare

  • Mads Barbesgaard

Summary, in English

After a spout of optimism surrounding Myanmar's so-called democratic transition in the post-2010 period, civil-society organisations and academics are beginning to highlight rampant and violent resource grabs unfolding across the country. Delving into the Northern Tanintharyi landscape in the Southeast, this article aims to understand interrelated dynamics of coastal and agrarian transformation during the state-mediated capitalist transition of the past 30 years. Conceptually developing a landscape-approach that sees individual ‘grabs’ in a relational manner and as part of broader political-economic struggles, the article shows how the Myanmar military regime sought a conjoined ocean and land control-grab in pursuit of rent extraction from productive foreign capital in fisheries and off-shore gas sectors. Empirically, these dynamics are traced from the scale of regional geopolitical struggles down to two particular villages in Northern Tanintharyi – highlighting resulting processes of differentiation along lines of class and gender. This conceptual framework and explanation of drivers behind ocean and land control-grabbing, in turn, complicates prevalent policy solutions in Myanmar (and elsewhere) that reduce the question of resolving resource-grabs to the pursuit of an elusive ‘good governance’.

Avdelning/ar

  • Institutionen för kulturgeografi och ekonomisk geografi

Publiceringsår

2019-02-01

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

195-203

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Journal of Rural Studies

Volym

69

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Elsevier

Ämne

  • Human Geography

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 0743-0167