Myanmar in Crisis: Living with the Pandemic and the Coup

Hardback: $60.00
ISBN-13: 9789815104394
Published: January 2024
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Paperback: $45.00
ISBN-13: 9789815104387
Published: January 2024

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364 pages
  • About the Book
  • Myanmar in Crisis brings together scholars from across the social sciences to analyse the dual crises of COVID-19 and the 2021 military coup. All of the essays address one of four themes around the concept of crisis: society in crisis, a state in crisis, an economy in crisis, and international relations in crisis. Several authors examine the contested nature of state authority in the post-coup revolutionary context, including the emergence of new governance dynamics; others discuss heterogenous forms of resistance and the potential for building a more inclusive, just, and tolerant society in the future of Myanmar. The volume also explores the economic crisis caused by the pandemic and the coup and its devastating effects on people’s lives and livelihoods: the authors provide a deep dive into the impacts of restrictive COVID-19 prevention measures on local communities, the growing livelihoods crisis since the coup, and the impacts of both crises on foreign trade and investment. Scaling up from that local perspective, the book also looks at Myanmar’s history of foreign relations, the response of the international community to the coup and the challenges faced by foreign governments and regional bodies in navigating the deteriorating political situation. Held together, the volume highlights the ongoing state of crisis in Myanmar, its impact on society and the possibilities for recovery and reform, amidst a powerful new revolutionary movement. Beyond providing crucial insights to Southeast Asian area specialists, the book offers deep insights into the way that multiple crises interact, amplify one another, and open up possibilities for hope amidst tragedy.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Justine Chambers, Editor

      Justine Chambers is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and a Research Fellow at the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.
    • Michael R. Dunford, Editor

      Michael R. Dunford is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the Australian National University.