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Legal hybridity in everyday justice provision in a Mon village
- This paper explores everyday Justice provision in a village in Mon state where a majority of the population belongs to the Mon ethnic group. Based on ethnographic field work in 2016. I argue that people prefer to resolve their cases locally. But in many dispute resolution situations they use legal hybridity with a combination of law, customary rules, religious beliefs, and social media. The most common problems in the village include drinking and fighting among youths, land disputes, neighbor quarrels, and car accidents. Serious crimes are rare in the area but lyouth men group fighting happens between this village and other neighbouring village According to the field works, the paper shows that the vast majority of problems are resolved by the village level Justice providers; 100 household 1eaders, village adiministrators, local voluntary paramilitary groups, monks, and astrologers. These actors resolve local disputes, punish crimes and social breaches. They do not want to go to the Myanmar state institutions, because of fear of authority, low knowledge of state 1aw, religious beliefs, poverty, and shame by bringing their cases to official institutions. Nowadays especially young people have begun to use social media like Facebook to help them to win disputes and crime cases.
Lwin Lwin Mon
- conference paper
- Australian National University, Australia