Burmese refugees: the struggle for access to development on the Thai-Burmese border

by Maria Drengsgaard

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Burmese refugees; Networks, social cohesion
Record ID: 1119319
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/17737


The mini project seeks to explore how ethnic diversity has an impact on social cohesion and social networks in the Thai-Burmese border area. Based on empirical findings by anthropological researchers who have conducted field studies in the area the mini project analyses the case studies using theories of migration, ethnic diversity, social cohesion and networks. The findings of the analysis and discussion concludes that ethnic and religious affiliation has an impact upon social cohesion and that membership of powerful networks influences individuals developmental opportunities.