Conscription by Capture in the Wa State of Myanmar: Acquaintances, Anonymity, Patronage, and the Rejection of Mutuality

  title={Conscription by Capture in the Wa State of Myanmar: Acquaintances, Anonymity, Patronage, and the Rejection of Mutuality},
  author={Hans Steinm{\"u}ller},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={508 - 534}
  • Hans Steinmüller
  • Published 1 July 2019
  • History
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
Abstract Capturing people, sometimes by taking relatives hostage, is a common practice for purposes of conscription and law enforcement in the Wa State of Myanmar. Given the unreliability of the local census, as well as the relative weakness of civil government, and registration in a de facto state governed by an insurgent army, the personal politics of capture provides a functional equivalent to state legibility. This personal politics operates based on the reorganization of personal networks… 

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