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Field of dreams: imagining development and un-development at a gas field in Sylhet

Gardner, Katy, Ahmed, Zahir, Rana, Masud and Bashir, Fatema (2014) Field of dreams: imagining development and un-development at a gas field in Sylhet. South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, 9. ISSN 1960-6060

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Abstract

In this article we analyse the discourses which surrounded a Chevron operated gas field and programme of ‘Community Engagement’ in Sylhet over 2008-11. All draw upon ideas of development or its absence, and reference dreams, as well as nightmares of the future. On the one hand are Chevron’s narratives, which conjure up an appealing picture of community development, entrepreneurship and ‘empowerment’, relying upon idioms of sustainability and ‘helping people to help themselves’. On the other are the narratives of people living in the villages surrounding the installation. Whilst for them, dreams of unnoyon (development) involve the provision of local services, access to gas and the creation of jobs, their accounts evolve around the tropes of environmental destruction and disastrous rupture: a dystopian anti-development.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://samaj.revues.org/
Additional Information: © 2014 The South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal (SAMAJ)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2014 16:03
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2019 00:09
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/57803

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