Law fuckers, cultural forgers and the business of youth entitlement in Yangon, Myanmar

Jacqueline Menager

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    Abstract

    Myanmar's rolling political and economic transition is being shaped by profound generational change. Little attention has been paid to the priorities and politics of the new generation of youth. This article seeks to explore the construction of Myanmar's elites as a homogenized, unitary, uncontested group through a close examination of elite youth. The article challenges some basic preconceptions about Myanmar's elites. Three primary youth cohorts are appraised and situated in the transition: the entitled business elite, the cultural forgers and the resistant forces. All three groups are privileged in Myanmar society, where their power struggles see efforts to assert degrees of cultural supremacy. Drawing on ethnographic research in Myanmar, the article offers insights into the role of elite youth in Myanmar's future and their perceptions of the present shift of national political and economic policies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)201-212
    JournalSouth East Asia Research
    Volume22
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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