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The moral economy of militarism: peasant economy, military state, and Chinese capitalism in the Wa State of Myanmar

Steinmüller, Hans (2020) The moral economy of militarism: peasant economy, military state, and Chinese capitalism in the Wa State of Myanmar. Social Anthropology, 28 (1). 121 - 135. ISSN 0964-0282

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1469-8676.12755

Abstract

If the moral economies of underprivileged communities are defined in opposition to the rationality of political economy, it is easy to overlook the moral justifications of market and state. War economies and military states, however, force us to look at the nodes of moral and economic action that connect the powerful and the powerless. The Wa State of Myanmar, a de-facto state governed by an insurgent army, represents the making of such a moral economy of militarism. Examples from the peasant economy, the military state and Chinese capitalism demonstrate the articulation of different work ethics, moral frameworks and economic arrangements. Moral and economic values are combined specifically in codes of honour, military discipline and raison d’état, that is, the value entanglements that are at the core of the moral economy of militarism.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14698676
Additional Information: © 2020 European Association of Social Anthropologists
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2020 11:06
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2020 00:11
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/103170

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