Between Hills and Plains

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7. Between Hills and Plains: Power and Practice in Socio-Religious Dynamics among Karen.
Hayami, Yoko. February, 2004.


In this study, Hayami suggests that the Karen in northwestern Thailand are located ‘betwixt and between’ the peripheries and the mainstream of the modern nation-state. It demonstrates how the Karen actively adopt new religious practices in ways that enable them to maintain communal boundaries and cultural particularity, at the same time as they integrate themselves into the broader stream of Thai society.