Date of Graduation

Spring 5-2014

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department or Program

Environmental Studies

Number of Pages


First Advisor

Sonja Pieck


In this thesis I aim to explain the evolution of Karen identity that has occurred over recent years due to influences from the central Thai government. Using Michel Foucault’s theory of governmentality and his ideas about government, population, and power, I will discuss how as Karen environmental interaction and agriculture changed, a transformation of Karen self-perception and cultural identity began to take place. Through an analysis of Thai policy and institutions I find that through non-coercive practices, the main means of Foucault’s governmentality, the Thai state has influenced a shift in Karen culture to become more aligned with Thai culture.

Components of Thesis

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