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Marriage, modernity and “manner”: a Burmese-Buddhist woman’s agency in contemporary Yangon, Myanmar

An ethnographic portrait

dc.contributor.authorFennessy, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-23T12:36:02Z
dc.date.available2016-08-23T12:36:02Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.relation.ISSN2363-894X
dc.identifier.urihttp://resolver.sub.uni-goettingen.de/purl?gs-1/13613
dc.description.abstractDespite a resurgence of academic interest in Myanmar since the "opening" in 2011, little research exists on the growing urban middle-class, and even less on women. This paper is an ethnographic portrait of Chan Chan, a "modern", unmarried 33-year-old middle-class Burmese-Buddhist woman living in contemporary Yangon. I examine how she conceives of agency, and produces herself as an agent. I then analyse how she seeks to carve out agentive spaces for herself while performing "appropriate" femininity from typically subordinate positions. To do this, I examine her practice in pursuit of her projects: in relation to me, to her parents, in her desire to marry, in her imaginations of a husband, and in her pursuit of a better rebirth. Contextualising Chan Chan as a subject in broader societal discourses, this paper throws light on how woman like her do life in contemporary Myanmar, in a time when established discourses on women‘s "high-status" are being increasingly challenged.
dc.format.extent89
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherGISCA, Göttingen Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
dc.rightsopenAccess
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0
dc.subjectMyanmar (Burma); gender; agency; femininity; Buddhism; modernity; middle-class
dc.subject.ddc330
dc.titleMarriage, modernity and “manner”: a Burmese-Buddhist woman’s agency in contemporary Yangon, Myanmar
dc.title.alternativeAn ethnographic portrait
dc.typemonograph
dc.publisher.placeGöttingen
dc.type.versionpublishedVersion
dc.relation.eISSN2363-894X
dc.bibliographicCitation.volume8
dc.relation.ispartofseriesGISCA occasional papers
dc.notesThis paper was originally submitted as a MA thesis to the Faculty of Social Sciences, Georg- August University, Göttingen, 2015. It was supervised by Prof. Dr. Andrea Lauser and Dr. Jovan Maud.
dc.description.statuspeerReviewed
dc.intern.doi10.3249/2363-894X-gisca-8


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