Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Ethno-demographic dynamics of the Rohingya-Buddhist conflict
by Blomquist, Rachel, M.A., Georgetown University, 2016, 30; 1605896
Abstract (Summary)

Ethno-demographic grievances define the conflict between Buddhist and Rohingya-Muslim populations in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. Nationalistic Buddhist leaders, such as the controversial monk Ashin Wirathu, maintain that the Rohingya population’s rapid growth and high fertility rates threaten to overtake local Buddhist populations, reflecting local Rakhine State sentiments. This study seeks to identify quantitative and qualitative differences between the Rohingya and Buddhist populations in Rakhine State and to elucidate the theoretical and practical implications for Buddhist-Rohingya relations. Due to the government’s decision to avoid enumeration of self-identifying Rohingya, this study has relied on several recent local surveys to reconstruct a local demographic description of the Rohingya. The “Demographic Security Dilemma” theory, which specifies expectations for minority-majority conflicts and their resolution, will be used to discuss the relevant forces that underlie the Buddhist-Rohingya conflict.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cha, Victor D.
School: Georgetown University
Department: Asian Studies
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian Studies, International Relations, Demography
Keywords: Conflict, Demographic, Ethno-demographic, Rohingya-buddhist
Publication Number: 1605896
ISBN: 978-1-339-34704-2
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