The Rohingyas of Myanmar and the Biopolitics of Hunger


  • Tamara Nair Nanyang Technological University



Food Insecurity, Citizenship, Biopolitics, Rohingyas, Myanmar, Development


The Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar have faced discrimination due to their ethnicity and religion from the majority Burmese-Buddhist population and have been subjected to biased policies governing citizenship. This has resulted in prejudicial behavior on the part of the state in terms of movement, employment, education, and, consequently, access to food. Such discrimination has led to the Rohingyas being one of the most food-insecure communities in Asia. Using concepts of biopolitics and governmentality, I discuss how acute hunger in the community is a state-created construct—one of many strategies to isolate and control the Rohingyas.


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Author Biography

Tamara Nair, Nanyang Technological University

Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University; Block S4, Level B4, 50, Nanyang Avenue; Singapore 639 798 Singapore; +65-6513 2734.



How to Cite

Nair, T. (2015). The Rohingyas of Myanmar and the Biopolitics of Hunger. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 5(4), 143–147.