Boundaries Undermined

The Ruins Of Progress on the Bangladesh–India Border

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ISBN:

9780199459407

Publication date:

13/04/2015

Hardback

212 pages

216.0x140.0mm

Price: 550.00 INR

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ISBN:

9780199459407

Publication date:

13/04/2015

Hardback

212 pages

216.0x140.0mm

Delwar Hussain

Suitable for: Primary Market: Institutional libraries, departments of political science, sociology, anthropology, South Asia studies    Secondary Market:  Students and scholars of politics, sociology, anthropology, South Asia studies; policymakers, think tanks, journalists 

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Delwar Hussain

Description

When anthropologist Delwar Hussain arrived in a remote coal mining village on the Bangladesh–India border to research the security fence India is building around its neighbour, he discovered more about the globalised world than he had expected. The present narrative of the Bangladesh– India border is one of increasing violence. Not so long ago, it was the site of a monumental modernist master-plan, symbolic of a larger optimism which was to revolutionise post-colonial nations around the world. Today this vision and what it gave rise to lies in spectacular ruin; the innards of the decomposing industrial past are scattered across the borderlands. The dream of a top-down, organised state and society has been replaced by a vibrant, market-determined, cross-border coal industry that has little respect for the past, people or the environment. In keeping with these changes, there are new opportunities and prospects too. Social and family lives have transformed in unexpected and hopeful ways. While the book explores the relationship between those with a vision for the future and those without, it ultimately seeks to shed light on the communities and places that pay the highest price for the present need to develop. By focusing on the peripheries, the book at once gets to the contradictions at the heart of the neoliberal condition.  

Delwar Hussain

Delwar Hussain

Features

  • Binds local issues and events to global and national forces and to comparative literature without much effort
  • Ethnographically grounded, the study takes on prominent themes in development, anthropology and social theory
  • The unique setting of the research makes the work stand out from books on similar themes.
  • Appeals to both scholars and general readers

Delwar Hussain

Delwar Hussain

Description

When anthropologist Delwar Hussain arrived in a remote coal mining village on the Bangladesh–India border to research the security fence India is building around its neighbour, he discovered more about the globalised world than he had expected. The present narrative of the Bangladesh– India border is one of increasing violence. Not so long ago, it was the site of a monumental modernist master-plan, symbolic of a larger optimism which was to revolutionise post-colonial nations around the world. Today this vision and what it gave rise to lies in spectacular ruin; the innards of the decomposing industrial past are scattered across the borderlands. The dream of a top-down, organised state and society has been replaced by a vibrant, market-determined, cross-border coal industry that has little respect for the past, people or the environment. In keeping with these changes, there are new opportunities and prospects too. Social and family lives have transformed in unexpected and hopeful ways. While the book explores the relationship between those with a vision for the future and those without, it ultimately seeks to shed light on the communities and places that pay the highest price for the present need to develop. By focusing on the peripheries, the book at once gets to the contradictions at the heart of the neoliberal condition.  

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