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27/11/2012 § Leave a comment

We call it a religious war, they call it “ethnic conflict.” We say it’s about Buddhism and Islam, they say it’s about illegal immigration from Bangladesh and national preservation. Who says there is a meaningful distinction between religion, nationalism, ethnicity &c as if all these categories aren’t protean and fluid, deployed (sometimes strategically) in various ways for various undertakings, forming emerging and fading constructions of Burmese-ness?

Abeysekara — I get it.

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