How Asian States Justify Suppression: Tracing Causal Flows from Societies’ Homogenizing Self-Perceptions to Securitized Ethno-Religious Minority Identity (71956)

Session Information: Security, Threats, and Securitization

Session Chair: Haruko Satoh

Saturday, 1 July 2023 11:00
Session: Session 2
Room: Lecture Room 2
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

This research is part of a doctoral dissertation that explored how Asian national governments are able to justify suppression of ethno-religious minorities. The study consists of comparative case study analysis using the Most-Similar-Systems-Design, with the five case studies selected to represent a range of regime types, from authoritarian to democratic. The study seeks to disprove regime theory and instead, through the use of process tracing and causal effect flow analysis, proposes an alternative hypothesis that Asian societies’ homogenizing self-perceptions allow political elites to securitize ethno-religious identity through processes of ‘othering’. This provides the grounds for the justification of ethno-religious minorities in Asian states, regardless of regime type.

Amanda Fish, Ewha Woman’s University, South Korea

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