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Introduction. Land, ‘development’ and ‘security’ in Bangladesh and India

Gardner, Katy and Gerharz, Eva (2016) Introduction. Land, ‘development’ and ‘security’ in Bangladesh and India. South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal (13). ISSN 1960-6060

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This introduction to the volume addresses some of the complexities surrounding land acquisition in contemporary Bangladesh and India. By interrogating four conceptual issues concerning current land expropriation, we seek to develop some common ground and to reveal important questions addressed in the articles and beyond. First, we discuss recent theoretical approaches to dispossession and land loss and secondly, the ideological apparatus of contemporary dispossessions—the discursive formations of ‘development’ and ‘security’. Thirdly, by contrasting the historical trajectories of both countries, we also explore the coalitions between states, corporations and the military. Finally, we discuss the ways in which violence and security have played a changing role in displacement.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors © CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2017 14:36
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2021 23:13

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