Roundtable Book Discussion: “Outsourcing the Polity: Non-state Welfare, Inequality and Resistance in Myanmar”

May 16 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm UTC+7
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Please join RCSD for a roundtable discussion on resilience and resistance in Myanmar: ‘Outsourcing the Polity: Non-State Welfare, Inequality and Resistance in Myanmar’ on Thursday, 16 May in the Sub-Altern Room starting at 1:30 pm. Please register for the event via this online form. Outsourcing the Polity‘ (Cornell, 2023) offers a new account of social outsourcing and non-state social provisioning in post-independence Myanmar. Grounded in extensive research during Myanmar’s decade of partial civilian rule (2011–2021), the book examines how ideals and practices of non-state welfare – charity, philanthropy and social provisioning beyond the state – can both sustain democratic resistance and entrench inequality over time. In this roundtable Gerard McCarthy and RCSD Fellows & CMU friends will explore the book in light of the extraordinary resilience of Myanmar’s revolutionary movement since the 2021 military coup. In particular the panel will consider how legacies of autocratic market reform and austerity have shaped the material and ideological basis of the ongoing struggle against dictatorship in Myanmar.


May 16
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm UTC+7
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Subaltern Meeting Room
Operations Building, Faculty of Social Sciences
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