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Meehan, Patrick and Dan, Seng Lawn (2024) 'Drugs and extractivism: opium cultivation and drug use in the Myanmar-China borderlands.' Journal of Peasant Studies, 51 (4). pp. 922-959.

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This paper explores the intersections between two phenomena that have shaped eastern Kachin State in Myanmar’s northern borderlands with China since the late 1980s: the transformation of once-remote spaces into resource frontiers shaped by overlapping and cumulative forms of export-oriented resource extraction, and the upsurge of opium cultivation and drug use. Through the analytic of extractivism, we examine how the modalities surrounding logging and plantations in the Myanmar-China borderlands offer critical insights into how drugs have become entrenched in the region’s political economy and the everyday lives of people ‘living with’ the destruction, violence and insecurity wrought by extractive development.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Extractivism; Myanmar;drugs; opium; frontiers;borderlands; Kachin State
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 03066150
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2023 12:21
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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