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Title :“The Creation of the Modern States”, Conflicts, and the Escape from the “Imagined Communities” : A Comparative Analysis of“Three Southern Border Provinces,Thailand” and“Okinawa, Japan”
Authors :Tanapat, Jundittawong
Issue Date :26-Apr-2019
Abstract :For millennia, competing ethnic groups have been both the source and target of many conflicts. In particular, discrimination of and among competing ethnic groups resulting from the rise of nation-states has caused social unrest and disruption, at times, leading to uneasy, long-standing disputes, at other times, to armed conflict, even anarchy. To illustrate this hypothesis, the ethnic disputes in the Three Southern Border Provinces (SBP), in Thailand, and Okinawa Prefecture, in Japan, are examined, since both regions have ethnic groups either locked in armed conflict and insurgency, in the case of Thailand, or stalled in litigation, referenda, and popular protests, in the case of Okinawa Prefecture. The ethnically distinct groups of SBP and the archipelago of Okinawa view their respective identities in ways other than by affinity to a nation. The “imagined communities” of a national identity and expressions of ethnic consciousness found within ‘Patani Melayu’ and ‘Uchinanchu’ groups have become more distinct, crystalized and, in turn, have themselves become sources of conflict. Throughout the article, standard documentation and quantitative research methods are used.
Type Local :紀要論文
ISSN :2186-7933
Publisher :Research Institute for Islands and Sustainability
URI :http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12000/46706
Citation :国際琉球沖縄論集 = International Review of Ryukyuan and Okinawan Studies no.8 p.99 -118
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