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Charney, Michael W. (2022) The Violent Legacies in Myanmar of Colonial Knowledge and Area Studies. FORSEA Featured Opinion [Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs]

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Abstract

A major problem standing in the way of progress of what should be a joint front is that academics have clung to the myth that academics are observers, not participants, and that they should stand beyond politics. Unfortunately, in the Area Studies of the American and the British Academies, the ‘discipline IS political’. Our disciplines have emerged from the colonial period as tools of empire and were preserved after the retreat of Europe because they had utility in the Cold War.

Item Type: Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of History
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2022 12:15
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/36251

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