Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Here, We Are Walking on a Clothesline: Statelessness and Human (In)Security Among Burmese Women Political Exiles Living in Thailand
by Hooker, Elizabeth, M.S., Portland State University, 2012, 157; 1531975
Abstract (Summary)

An estimated twelve million people worldwide are stateless, or living without the legal bond of citizenship or nationality with any state, and consequently face barriers to employment, property ownership, education, health care, customary legal rights, and national and international protection. More than one-quarter of the world's stateless people live in Thailand. This feminist ethnography explores the impact of statelessness on the everyday lives of Burmese women political exiles living in Thailand through the paradigm of human security and its six indicators: food, economic, personal, political, health, and community security. The research reveals that exclusion from national and international legal protections creates pervasive and profound political and personal insecurity due to violence and harassment from state and non-state actors. Strong networks, however, between exiled activists and their organizations provide community security, through which stateless women may access various levels of food, economic, and health security. Using the human security paradigm as a metric, this research identifies acute barriers to Burmese stateless women exiles' experiences and expectations of well-being, therefore illustrating the potential of human security as a measurement by which conflict resolution scholars and practitioners may describe and evaluate their work in the context of positive peace.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gould, Robert
Commitee: Byron, Amanda, Cunliffe, Rachel
School: Portland State University
Department: Conflict Resolution
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Womens studies, Peace Studies, South Asian Studies
Keywords: Burma, Gender, Human security, Myanmar, Statelessness, Thailand
Publication Number: 1531975
ISBN: 9781267860217
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