The story of ordinary Burmese people who have been able to effect meaningful change through subtle, everyday acts of resistance.
In the midst of the political upheavals that engulfed Myanmar from 2010 to 2011, international attention was fixed upon the military regime and its dissident opponents. But away from the cameras, a very different set of struggles were unfolding across the country. These struggles were manifested not as violent clashes, but as everyday interactions involving taxi drivers, community organizers, farmers, heads of domestic NGOs, and many more. A product of five years' research, during which the author conducted over five hundred ethnographic interviews across the country, Pathways that Changed Myanmar provides a voice for those ordinary Burmese whose trials and aspirations went unheard and unnoticed during this pivotal moment in the nation's history.
Table of contents:
*1. Introduction *2. The clash that galvanized a global movement*3. The Third Force*4. Everyday resistance*5. From bullets to bribery*6. Sanctions: a cure and a disease*7. Nay Win Maung's funeral*8. From human rights rhetoric to 969*9. Transitioning to an NLD-led Myanmar
Matthew Mullen lectures at the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand. He has written widely on the politics of Myanmar, as well as on oppression and resistance, transitional justice, structural and cultural violence, and business and human rights.