Expanding the Southern urban critique: Elite politics, popular politics, and self-governance in the wards of Mandalay

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Title
Expanding the Southern urban critique: Elite politics, popular politics, and self-governance in the wards of Mandalay
Journal
Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
Author(s)
Sanchez Jérémie, Myat Su Su
ISSN
2399-6544
2399-6552
Publication state
Published
Issued date
26/01/2021
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Pages
239965442198970
Language
english
Abstract
This article explores everyday urban governance and politics in Mandalay, Myanmar. We examine this through a focus on state-society interactions within Mandalay’s ward offices, which are the lowest tier of the administrative backbone of the Myanmar state known as the General Administration Department. This reveals the existence of three intertwined forms of urban ‘politics’ in Mandalay: elite politics, which echo the practices of civil society in the sense of Partha Chatterjee; popular politics, which echo the practices of political society; and self-governance, which is an approach to politics culturally and historically situated in Theravada Buddhism and Myanmar’s authoritarian legacies. The situatedness of the case prompts us to argue in favor of expanding the southern urban critique beyond its conventional focus on liberal democratic metropolises of the global South, in order to enrich our understanding of what constitutes postcolonial urban politics. We suggest this could be achieved, as we attempt here, by adopting collaborative research methodologies and by extensively building on southern area scholarship in ways that mediate epistemic expropriation.
Keywords
Southern urban critique, Myanmar, Mandalay, everyday urban governance, politics
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Yes
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