"Making a Name for Themselves:" Karen Identity and the Politicization of Ethnicity in Burma

  title={"Making a Name for Themselves:" Karen Identity and the Politicization of Ethnicity in Burma},
  author={Jessica Harriden},
  journal={Journal of Burma Studies},
  pages={144 - 84}
The history of Karen nationalism has been interpreted in terms of inter-ethnic conflict and conceptualizations of ethnicity have influenced understanding of Karen political identity. While 'Karen' incorporated various linguistic, sociocultural, religious and political sub-groups, the Karen National Union (KNU) elite promoted a singular pan-Karen identity in order to minimize such diversity. As a result, factionalism emerged between different Karen groups, obstructing the KNU's political vision… 
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