The Image of The Other, a minor field study on Enemy Imaging among Rakhine Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title The Image of The Other, a minor field study on Enemy Imaging among Rakhine Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar
Author(s) Sjölander, Sofie
Date 2016
English abstract
The purpose of this minor field study, and BA-thesis, is to visualize the situation for Rakhine Buddhists and Rakhine Muslims; both through their stories and through analysing Enemy Imaging within the two researched groups. The research questions posed are “What do the informants emphasise regarding their situation pertaining to the conflict and their everyday life” and “To what extent could the image of The Other be called an Enemy Image”. Methods of Thematic Content Analysis and Framing are used to analyse the material and theories of Enemy Imaging and Othering constitute the theoretical base of the study. The analysed material, ten interviews, five with Buddhists and five with Muslims, all identifying as being Rakhine, show that the informants experience feeling threatened and scared as well as to a large extent feeling misunderstood and unfairly treated. There were very few signs of Enemy Imaging among the Muslim group, but far more in the Buddhist group. This thesis calls for further research both within these two groups and extended to other actors identified in the context.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 54
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Rakhine State
Myanmar
Muslims
Buddhists
Othering
Enemy Imaging
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/20926 (link to this page)

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