Overturning the alms bowl: the price of survival and the consequences for political legitimacy in Burma

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Title Overturning the alms bowl: the price of survival and the consequences for political legitimacy in Burma
Author McCarthy, Stephen Neil
Journal Name Australian Journal of International Affairs
Year Published 2008
Place of publication London
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The 2007 demonstrations in Burma posed the greatest threat to military rule there in almost twenty years. The involvement of thousands of monks across the country was of particular concern to the authorities as well as their threat of performing a religious boycott against them. This article traces the importance of Buddhism to the political legitimacy of rulers in Burma and examines how the authorities' relationship with the Sangha has undergone significant changes under military rule. It compares the 2007 demonstrations with earlier protests and examines how the regime's legitimacy has suffered as a result of yet another crackdown, significantly this time against demonstrations led by the largest institution outside of the tatmadaw.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/10357718.asp
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10357710802286767
Volume 62
Issue Number 3
Edition 2008
Page from 298
Page to 314
ISSN 1035-7718
Date Accessioned 2008-10-24
Date Available 2009-10-23T05:23:52Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Comparative Government and Politics
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/22332
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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