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The Politics of Aid to Burma: A Humanitarian Struggle on the Thai–Burmese Border by Anne Décobert (review)

The Politics of Aid to Burma: A Humanitarian Struggle on the Thai–Burmese Border by Anne Décobert... Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 38, No. 3 (2016), pp. 540–42 DOI: 10.1355/cs38-3l © 2016 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic The Politics of Aid to Burma: A Humanitarian Struggle on the Thai–Burmese Border. By Anne Décobert. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2016. Hardcover: 247pp. Humanitarian practitioners and academic researchers evolve in universes that hardly seem to converge. In The Politics of Aid to Burma, Anne Décobert — who wears both a development specialist’s and an anthropologist’s hat — successfully manages to bridge the gap. The author provides a detailed description and analysis of the politics of aid through the lens of people and organizations working along the Thai–Burma border, and draws heavily on her personal experiences and participatory observation approach. This authentic first person narrative provides a chronicle of how lines drawn on paper — marked by marker stones, barbed wire and land mines — at times decide life and death. The focus of the book is Back Pack, a civil society organization which provides access to basic public healthcare services to people who lack access to such facilities in remote areas along the Thai– Myanmar border. It depicts the lives of individual aid http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

The Politics of Aid to Burma: A Humanitarian Struggle on the Thai–Burmese Border by Anne Décobert (review)

The Politics of Aid to Burma: A Humanitarian Struggle on the Thai–Burmese Border by Anne Décobert (review)


Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 38, No. 3 (2016), pp. 540–42 DOI: 10.1355/cs38-3l © 2016 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic The Politics of Aid to Burma: A Humanitarian Struggle on the Thai–Burmese Border. By Anne Décobert. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2016. Hardcover: 247pp. Humanitarian practitioners and academic researchers evolve in universes that hardly seem to converge. In The Politics of Aid to Burma, Anne Décobert — who wears both a development specialist’s and an anthropologist’s hat — successfully manages to bridge the gap. The author provides a detailed description and analysis of the politics of aid through the lens of people and organizations working along the Thai–Burma border, and draws heavily on her personal experiences and participatory observation approach. This authentic first person narrative provides a chronicle of how lines drawn on paper — marked by marker stones, barbed wire and land mines — at times decide life and death. The focus of the book is Back Pack, a civil society organization which provides access to basic public healthcare services to people who lack access to such facilities in remote areas along the Thai– Myanmar border. It depicts the lives of individual aid workers, but also the political aspects of humanitarian aid, and questions the dynamics of legitimization of cross-border aid at a time when international donors decided to increase engagement with the Myanmar government after President U Thein Sein introduced economic and political reforms in 2011. At this time of transition, accounts of how political changes impacted people’s lives in peripheral areas of the country have been scarce. The author summarizes the seemingly...
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Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 38, No. 3 (2016), pp. 540–42 DOI: 10.1355/cs38-3l © 2016 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic The Politics of Aid to Burma: A Humanitarian Struggle on the Thai–Burmese Border. By Anne Décobert. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2016. Hardcover: 247pp. Humanitarian practitioners and academic researchers evolve in universes that hardly seem to converge. In The Politics of Aid to Burma, Anne Décobert — who wears both a development specialist’s and an anthropologist’s hat — successfully manages to bridge the gap. The author provides a detailed description and analysis of the politics of aid through the lens of people and organizations working along the Thai–Burma border, and draws heavily on her personal experiences and participatory observation approach. This authentic first person narrative provides a chronicle of how lines drawn on paper — marked by marker stones, barbed wire and land mines — at times decide life and death. The focus of the book is Back Pack, a civil society organization which provides access to basic public healthcare services to people who lack access to such facilities in remote areas along the Thai– Myanmar border. It depicts the lives of individual aid

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Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic AffairsInstitute of Southeast Asian Studies

Published: Feb 4, 2016

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