Title Rebel Politics
Subtitle A Political Sociology of Armed Struggle in Myanmar’s Borderlands
Author David Brenner
ISBN 9781501740084
List price GBP 19.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 162
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Cornell University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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Review of the book:

Rebel Politics is underpinned by years of extraordinary fieldwork, including unprecedented access to the leaders of some of Myanmar’s ethnic-minority rebel groups. It is a pathbreaking book, essential reading not only for Myanmar-watchers but also anyone interested in insurgencies and state formation.”

Lee Jones, Queen Mary University of London, author of Societies Under Siege


Rebel Politics analyzes the changing dynamics of the civil war in Myanmar, one of the most entrenched armed conflicts in the world. Since 2011, a national peace process has gone hand-in-hand with escalating ethnic conflict. The Karen National Union (KNU), previously known for its uncompromising stance against the central government of Myanmar, became a leader in the peace process after it signed a ceasefire in 2012. Meanwhile, the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) returned to the trenches in 2011 after its own seventeen-year-long ceasefire broke down. To understand these puzzling changes, Brenner conducted ethnographic fieldwork among the KNU and KIO, analyzing the relations between rebel leaders, their rank-and-file, and local communities in the context of wider political and geopolitical transformations. Drawing on Political Sociology, Rebel Politics explains how revolutionary elites capture and lose legitimacy within their own movements and how these internal contestations drive the strategies of rebellion in unforeseen ways. Brenner presents a novel perspective that contributes to our understanding of contemporary politics in Southeast Asia, and to the study of conflict, peace and security, by highlighting the hidden social dynamics and everyday practices of political violence, ethnic conflict, rebel governance and borderland politics.



List of Abbreviations


Chapter 1. Rebellion as a Social Process

Chapter 2. Nonstate Borderworlds

Chapter 3. Karen Rebellion: Ceasing Fire

Chapter 4. Kachin Rebellion: Ceasing Cease-Fire

Chapter 5. The Social Foundations of War and Peace





About the Author:

David Brenner is Lecturer in International Relations at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Target Audience:

This book is a must-read for people interested in insurgencies, state formation and political sociology. This book investigates the reasons for the waves of war and peace in Myanmar’s borderlands since 2011.


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